Eye Services

Ophthalmology is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the eyes.  Our ophthalmic services are provided in purpose-built facilities at Derriford Hospital.

  • Outpatients and Urgent Care is located on level 3. Please follow the yellow signs around the hospital with REI written on them. You can also access it through the entrance on level 3, opposite the blood donation centre.
  • The Day Case Unit and Theatres are based in a modular facility in Car Park F

The REI (formerly known as the Royal Eye Infirmary) provides a specialist service for the population of Devon and Cornwall for all emergency, inpatient and daycase procedures and the hospital hosts its own theatres, ward and outpatient suites.

The majority of ophthalmology work is elective (outpatient, day case or inpatient) although Ophthalmology Urgent Care treats emergency cases. 

The REI provides a full range of diagnostic facilities incorporating orthoptics and optometry with plans to expand the dispensing element of the service.

Ophthalmologists are supported by the following specialist services:

  • Optometry: The measurement of visual refraction power and the correction of visual defects with lenses or glasses
  • Perimetry: The measurement of the field of vision (visual fields)
  • Orthoptics: The study and treatment of defects in binocular vision (using both eyes equally)
  • Medical Photography of the eyes which forms an essential element.

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) Patient Leaflet 


Useful contact numbers

REI Outpatient Appointments:
01752 439308

REI Dispensing Department (Opticians):
01752 439320

Outpatient Reception:
01752 439956
01752 439364
01752 431648

REI Daycase Unit
01752 439348

Admissions: 01752 439316, 01752 439317

WET AMD Coordinator: 01752 439363 / 01752 433288

Consultant Secretaries (not for appointments):

Mr Booth: 01752 439355
Mr Frimpong-Ansah: 01752 439356
Professor Habib: 01752 439356
Mr Raman: 01752 439359
Mr Cudrnak: 01752 439354
Mr Rainsbury: 01752 439357
Miss Gajdosova: 01752 439359
Miss Dujardin: 01752 439355
Mr Papadedes: 01752 439354

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In an emergency

Anyone needing emergency eye care or treating someone who does (doctors or opticians) should call the Telephone Triage Number 01752 439330 which is covered:
Monday- Friday 08.30-18.00
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 09.00-13.00

Your call will be placed in a queue, if you hear the ringing tone please hold, as we are on the line to other patients.

Advice will be given by a Nurse Practitioner and, if necessary, the patient will be told when and where to attend.

Outside of these hours patients with an eye emergency or sight threatening conditions should attend their local Minor Injury Unit, out of hours Doctor Service, contact NHS111 or attend the Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital.


Following approval of a planning application, work is underway to develop a new REI on William Prance Road.

Further updates will be available on the Proposed New REI page