Ophthalmology is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the eyes. Our ophthalmic services are provided in purpose-built facilities at Derriford Hospital.
- Outpatients, Day Case Unit, Theatres and Urgent Care is located at International Business Park, 3 Alpha Way, Plymouth PL6 5ZF off William Prance Road (behind The Range).
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.
How to find us
From the Plymouth City Centre
- Head towards the A386 Tavistock Road.
- Keep right and follow the signs for Plymouth International & Derriford Business & Retail Parks
- Carry straight on to William Prance Road
- Take first left (Starbucks on left, The Range on the right)
- As you approach the mini roundabout, take second exit onto Alpha Way.
- Carry straight on and the REI is on your left.
- Take A386 towards Derriford Roundabout
- At the roundabout, take second exit onto Brest Road
- Continue to roundabout
- Take 3rd exit onto William Prance Road.
- At traffic lights, turn right on to Alpha Way
- The REI is straight ahead.
- Follow Devon Expressway/A38 to Forder Valley Rd/ B3413
- Continue on Forder Valley Road B3413
- Take Platinum Parkway and at the top, keep left onto William Prance Road
- At the roundabout, take the first exit, continuing on William Prance Road
- At traffic lights, turn right onto Alpha Way
- The REI is straight ahead.
Plymouth CityBus service
The REI is about an 8 minute walk from Tavistock Road.
Watch our drone footage of the Royal Eye Infirmary build:
Useful contact numbers
REI Outpatient Appointments:
REI Dispensing Department (Opticians):
REI Daycase Unit
Admissions: 01752 439316, 01752 439317
WET AMD Coordinator: 01752 439363 / 01752 433288
Consultant Secretaries (not for appointments):
How to collect your medicines following your appointment
What are your options?
As the REI does not have an onsite outpatient pharmacy, your clinician will discuss the most appropriate option to collect your prescribed medication.
1) Collect from Lloyds Outpatient Pharmacy on Main Derriford Hospital Site
Your clinician may either write a paper prescription or an electonic prescription which can be collected from the Lloyds Outpatient Pharmacy on the main hospital site.
2) FP10 Prescription
If appropriate your clinician can provide a prescription (FP10) which can be taken to your local high street community pharmacy for dispensing. It may be the case that your medicines need to be specially ordered for you.
3) Couriered to your home address
In some circumstances if you require a hospital only or specialist medicine, it will be delivered to your home address. Delivery of your medicines may take a few days and require you be at home to receive the delivery within working hours.
Where is Lloyds pharmacy?
Lloyds pharmacy is at the main entrance of Derriford Hospital. It can be found adjacent to M&S.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Telephone: 01752 777422
New REI (Eye Infirmary)
People with eye conditions will be able to access a brand-new state-of-the-art facility this year as the building for a new REI is nearly complete. Located on William Prance Road, the new three-floor facility will bring together the outpatient and surgical eye treatments that are currently provided at Derriford Hospital.
Find out more about the building project on our REI (Eye Infirmary) page