New Elective Cataract Care Theatre Team


In October 2018, the Department of Health announced that the Downe Hospital had been chosen as a new elective centre to deliver a day surgery cataract prototype service, serving patients across Northern Ireland.

The Downe Hospital is one of three hospitals selected along with the Mid Ulster and South Tyrone hospitals, and will expand the cataract surgical service, to a daily service to facilitate Cataract Surgery from all over Northern Ireland. This prototype work forms part of the Department of Health’s modernisation plan to transform the delivery of elective care services and reduce waiting times for such types of ‘day procedures’.



Pictured L/R:  Staff Nurse Anne Quail, Mr Sri Kamal  (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Staff Nurse Jackie Englen, Dr Olivia  Earley (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Sister Dolores Boyle (Theatre Manager), Staff Nurse Aisling  Bloomfield, Staff Nurse Ciara Barr


Back Row L/R:  Nursing Assistant Mellissa Hynes , Mr Gawn Mc Ilwaine (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Paul Reilly (Manager Day Procedure Unit), Dr Maria Napier (Consultant Ophthalmologist)  Dr Jane Best (Consultant Ophthalmologist),  Staff Nurse Margot Mc Neill .


Missing from photo are, Ophthalmology Consultants Mr Michael O Gallagher, Mr  Stuart Mc Gimpsey and Ms Maeve Lagan