How to refer

Emergency retinal referrals Office hours: The Ophthalmology Emergency Referral Service (ERS) at King's can be contacted by telephone (020 3299 2601) or fax (020 3299 3738) and the patient will be given an emergency appointment, usually the same day.  Out of hours: Refer to the Accident and Emergency Department who will contact the on-call ophthalmology SHO/Registrar as required.

The is also a dedicated surgical retina telephone hotline that is staffed 24 hours a day. The telephone number is 07792 578 931. You will usually be able to speak directly to a Vitreoretinal Consultant (myself of Mr Dominic McHugh), or an experienced, post-CCST Vitreoretinal Fellow.  

Urgent retinal referrals I aim to offer a fast-track referral service for potentially sight-threatening retinal disease. I am in the hospital every weekday except Wednesday, and on Wednesday my Consultant Colleague, Mr Dominic McHugh, is available for an urgent Vitreoretinal opinion.  If you wish to refer directly to me please send a fax marked urgent, for my attention, to 020 3299 3738.  Alternatively contact my secretary on 020  3299 3385 or at If my secretary is unavailable you may contact Carol Robins on 020 3299 4548 or at   Once I have received the referral I will triage immediately and arrange urgent review as appropriate.

Routine retinal referrals For routine referrals that you wish to refer directly to me please address correspondence to: Department of Ophthalmology, Normanby Building, King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS.

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