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The Newmedica Newcastle eye health clinic and surgical centre operates from Hadrian House, Balliol Business Park and provides services for both NHS-funded and private patients. The clinic is led by consultant ophthalmologists, Gerard Ainsworth, Mustafa Kadhim, Ayad Shafiq and Nicholas Wride, alongside operational director, Amanda Bargewell.

How to find us

Newmedica Newcastle is located on Balliol Business Park which is 3.5 miles from Junction 79 on the A1 and 3.5 miles from the A19 West Allotment/Holystone exit. Please see below for directions to the facility:

Please read below for detailed information how to get to the clinic.

By car:

From the A1 Southbound

Exit A1 J79 (Gosforth Park) and take 1st exit on roundabout onto Rotary Way, at roundabout take 2nd exit onto the A1056. Follow A1056 for 1.5 miles, at roundabout take 4th exit onto A189 (South) for 0.5 miles at the roundabout take 2nd exit to stay on A189. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto Benton Lane for 0.4 miles. At roundabout take 3rd exit onto Balliol Business Park. At roundabout take 1st exit, Newmedica is located in the second building on the right.

From A1 Northbound

Exit A1 J79 (Gosforth Park) at traffic lights turn right onto Great Parkway, at roundabout take 2nd exit onto Rotary Way, at roundabout take 2nd exit onto theA1056. Follow A1056 for 1.5 miles, at roundabout take 4th exit onto A189 (South) for 0.5 miles at the roundabout take 2nd exit to stay on A189. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto Benton Lane for 0.4 miles. At roundabout take 3rd exit onto Balliol Business Park. At roundabout take 1st exit, Newmedica is located in the second building on the right.

From A19 Southbound

Exit A19 at West Allotment/Holystone Exit and take 3rd exit onto Holystone way A191, at roundabout take 2nd exit to stay on Holystone way A191 for 0.2 miles at roundabout take 2nd exit onto Great Lime Road B1505 for 1.6 miles at roundabout take 2nd exit to stay on Great Lime Road for 0.4 miles. At roundabout take 1st exit onto Benton Lane at roundabout take 3rd exit onto Balliol Business Park, At Roundabout take 1st Exit, Newmedica is located in 2nd building on the right.

From A19 Northbound

Exit A19 at West Allotment/Holystone Exit and take 1st exit onto Holystone Way A191, at roundabout take 2nd exit to stay on Holystone way A191 for 0.2 miles at roundabout take 2nd exit onto Great Lime Road B1505 for 1.6 miles at roundabout take 2nd exit to stay on Great Lime Road for 0.4 miles. At roundabout take 1st exit onto Benton Lane at roundabout take 3rd exit onto Balliol Business Park, At Roundabout take 1st Exit, Newmedica is located in 2nd building on the right.

By bus:
Arriva X7 and X8 from Newcastle City Centre Four lane ends metro is the nearest metro station (approximately 2 miles away).

By train:
Newcastle train station is the closest train station and is approximately 5.5 miles away.

Services provided at this clinic

Our ophthalmologists

I am an experienced consultant ophthalmic surgeon who has worked within the NHS for over 16 years. My expertise is in cataract surgery with over 15,000 cataract surgeries and the management of glaucoma and corneal disease. I am experienced in providing a wide range of lens options including multifocal and extended depth of focus lenses to reduce spectacle dependence, and toric lenses to correct astigmatism. I also have a long and extensive experience in corneal refractive laser surgery.

I have acted as clinical director for ophthalmology at North Cumbria Integrated NHS Care Trust and have a keen interest in improving surgical outcomes and patient experience. I am friendly and approachable to patients and colleagues.

I am a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and sit on the faculty for microsurgical skills training which involves training junior surgeons. I also hold a postgraduate diploma in cataract and refractive surgery.

I am married with two children and am a keen outdoor enthusiast and love walking my black Labrador in the Lakeland fells. I’m also a qualified ski instructor.

I have been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon since 2015 with a specialist interest in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery. I joined the team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in 2018, becoming the Chief of Vitreoretinal Surgery. The Vitreoretinal fellowship for over two years at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital was the foundation onto which I continue to hone my skills for patients with complex cataracts, secondary lens implants, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes and macular holes.

I am a consultant eye surgeon based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I have worked here since 2001. Of over twenty consultants in Newcastle, I have for several years performed more cataract operations per session than any other surgeon and have the lowest complication rate of any high-volume surgeon. I use my experience to make surgery a comfortable and safe experience for all patients.

I am the most experienced children's cataract surgeon in the region, using my skill to perform cataract surgery in babies born with cataract.

I’m an experienced user of trifocal implants in cataract surgery for distance and near sight as well as toric lens implants for correcting astigmatism in cataract surgery.

I also work as a specialist adviser to the Care Quality Commission and offers expert opinions to the General Medical Council dealing issues of standards of care.

Outside work I have represented the North of England in Hockey as well as gaining 5 Hockey Blues for Oxford and Cambridge Universities and played National league division 1 Hockey.

For over 10 years I have worked as an NHS consultant ophthalmologist. I came to the north-east originally in 2003 to join the Specialist Training Programme in ophthalmology. During this time, I developed an interest in the management of patients with cataract and also patients with glaucoma, another common and potentially serious eye condition. When I completed my training, I worked in London at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital for almost 2 years on a Glaucoma Fellowship before returning to the north-east to work as a consultant at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary. I enjoy operating, with a good safety record and am regularly asked to manage complex cases.

Along with this regular NHS work I have an interest in education, supporting ophthalmic trainees on the Training Programme and taking an active role in their development. I also have research interest where, for example, I assist in the development of new drug treatments for glaucoma and improvements in surgical outcomes for patients with cataract or glaucoma. I work closely with the industry to help develop and refine safer equipment which will ultimately improve patient care and satisfaction.

How do I get referred?

Your optician or GP will discuss the various treatment options available to you and where you can choose to have your treatment. You’ll be able to take the time to decide where you’d like to be treated, and your GP or optician will make the arrangements for your referral.

How to refer

Please follow your local protocol regarding referrals – we accept direct referrals by secure email newmedica.referrals@nhs.net, fax 0207 924 6262, OptoManager and post. Please call us on the number at the top of this page if you would like any further information about making a referral to Newmedica.

This service is delivered at Newmedica Newcastle by Newcastle Newmedica Limited, a joint venture partnership company within the Newmedica Group. Newcastle Newmedica Limited is registered with the Care Quality Commission, provider number 1-XXXXXXXXX

Directors: Mr Gerard Ainsworth, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mr Mustafa Kadhim, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mr Ayad Shafiq, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mr Nicholas Wride, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mrs Amanda Bargewell, Registered Manager.