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Children's community eye service, Bedfordshire

The children’s community eye service is provided by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and orthoptists who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions by medical and surgical means.

Orthoptists are allied health professionals who use non-surgical methods to diagnose and treat abnormalities of vision and co-ordination of eye movements in people of all ages.

Main services provided to residents of Bedfordshire and Luton in community clinics:

  • Specialist ophthalmic and orthoptic services for children and young adults in community clinics across Bedfordshire and Luton
  • Specialist clinics for children with special needs at the Child Development Centre and Special Schools across Bedfordshire and Luton
  • School vision screening in Reception classes across  Bedfordshire and Luton

Where the service is based

Children’s Community Eye Service
Enhanced Services Centre
Bedford Health Village
Kimbolton Road
Bedford
MK40 2NT

Tel:  01234 897445

With clinics taking place at the following locations around the county:

  • Enhanced Services Centre (Bedford)
  • Child Development Centre (CDC – Bedford)
  • Liverpool Road Health Centre (Luton)
  • Wigmore Lane Health Centre (Luton)
  • Edwin Lobo Centre (ELC – Luton)
  • Flitwick Health Clinic
  • Biggleswade Health Centre
  • Shefford Health Centre
  • The following special schools: Ridgeway; St Johns; Ivel Valley; Chiltern School and Lady Zia Wernher

Hours of operation

Monday – Friday: 08.45 – 17.00

 

How to contact our service    

Bedford
Tel: 01234 897445

ccs.beds.childrens.eyeservice.bedford@nhs.net

Luton
Tel: 01582 708155

ccs.beds.chlidrens.eyeservice.luton@nhs.net

How to access the service

Please ask for a referral from the following:
  • GP
  • Orthoptic Support Worker at school screening
  • 0-19 Team
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Optometrists
  • Multi-disciplinary teams at CDC and Edwin Lobo Centre
  • Parents/carers of children who meet the criteria

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