About us

At the Eye Care Centre, we provide both general and sub-specialty Ophthalmology clinics to cover a wide range of eye diseases and visual problems.

We treat patients of all ages and have a 24-hour on call emergency eye service.  Our ethos is to provide the highest possible quality of care, delivered safely to all our patients.

The multi-disciplinary Eye Care team consists of Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Optometrists, Nurses, technical and support staff.

The eye is a complex structure and different eye conditions require different types of assessment and treatment.

As such, many of our clinics are sub-specialised to ensure that when you attend your appointment you are seen by a specialist who is highly trained in that particular area of eye care, and have access to other department staff and tests to accurately assess, diagnose and then manage your eye condition.


Welcome to the Ophthalmology Department at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  We offer our patients a wide range of treatments for many different eye conditions.

Our eye care service is based across our two sites; the primary centre is at Leighton Hospital with a satellite clinic at Victoria Infirmary, Northwich.

The Eye Care Centre at Leighton Hospital is situated at the south-end, near the front entrance of the Hospital, just off Smithy Lane. 

Our Northwich site is located in the Outpatients department at the Victoria Infirmary, where you will need to report to Main Reception on arrival.

At Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we provide a comprehensive range of emergency and elective services for all types of eye disorders whether routine or specialist

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD clinic)

  • Artificial eye service

  • Botulinum Toxin – in the treatment of blepharospasm and squint

  • Cataract service

  • Children’s eye service – Orthoptic and Paediatric eye disorders

  • Contact lens service

  • Cornea and external eye disease

  • Diabetic retinopathy service 

  • Emergency eye service, including triage

  • General ophthalmology

  • Glaucoma one stop service

  • Laser treatment

  • Low Vision Aid service

  • Minor eyelid operations under local anaesthetic (e.g. infected cyst removal)

  • Neuro – Ophthalmology and adult strabismus (squint) service

  • Ocular imaging and diagnostic services

  • Oculoplastics service

  • Refraction – glasses tests

  • Ultra sound clinic

We run daily casualty clinics for patients with eye problems requiring   more urgent treatment.

To see one of our casualty team you will need to be referred by your Optician, GP or other health care professional, where you will be given an appointment with one of our Doctors or Specialist Nurses dependant on the urgency of your case. We operate a telephone triage service Monday to Friday.

Our staff endeavour to see patients as soon as possible but waiting times will vary dependent upon the number of patients attending and the priority of cases.

The Eye care service has a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, ensuring that each patient benefits from complete assessment and management of their eye problems. 

Our team includesOphthalmologists, Orthoptists, Optometrists, Nursing and technical staff

Whether you are visiting the hospital for routine treatment or are being seen in our Eye care service as part of your care for another condition, our specialists are all dedicated to giving you the full support you need.

Consultant Ophthalmologists

  • Mr. John A. Awad MB ChB, FRCOphth started at Mid Cheshire Hospitals in 2021. He specialises in Cataract, Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Surgery. He is also the Clinical Lead for Eye Emergency Services.
  • Mr Victor Hu MB BCh, PhD, FRCOphth started at Mid Cheshire Hospital in 2017 after ophthalmology training in Liverpool and Birmingham. He also works part-time at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Global Eye Health research and education. He specialises in Cornea and Glaucoma.
  • Mr Venkat Kotamarthi
  • Mr Manoj Kulshrestha MB ChB FRCSI FRCOphth qualified with MB ChB from Birmingham in 1992. He worked initially in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Midland Centre for Neurosurgery/Neurology. He was a Senior House Officer in Plymouth and then Birmingham. Mr Kulshrestha was also a lecturer in ophthalmology at the Bristol Eye Hospital from 1996-1998. Specialist registrar rotations were undertaken in the West Midlands and South Trent regions between 1998 and 2003. In 2004 he moved to Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth and became Consultant Ophthalmologist at Leighton Hospital in Crewe in March 2018. Previously Mr Kulshrestha has been Regional Director of Ophthalmology, Lead Clinician and Population Health Chair of Head, Neck, Eye and Skin for Hywel Dda University Health Board. He was appointed Reader in Rural Health and Community Wellbeing at Aberystwyth University and the University of Trinity St David in Lampeter in 2013. During his time at the Health Board he gained many staff awards for Excellence in Improving care, Best use of Resources, Care in the Community and Public Engagement and was highly commended for working across organisational boundaries and with the 3rd sector. He was nominated for two National Macular Society Awards and coordinated training for a nurse led OCT project which was nominated for a Nursing times award. Mr Kulshrestha has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and newspaper articles. He has also given lectures at regional, national and international level. He has been Chair if the local Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra and has coordinated local concerts which have raised money for local hospital, cancer, paediatric and dementia charities. He aims to provide caring, compassionate care to improve the quality of life for patients by listening and collaborating with them in partnership, involving their families when necessary. He specialises in Cataract Surgery, Medical Retinal Disease including age related macular degeneration and Botulinum treatments for hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm and chronic migraine. He is Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.
  • Mr Pedro Muel-Gonzalez MRCOphth – BOPSS specialised in ophthalmic surgery in Spain before he moved to Dublin, where he completed advanced training in plastic ocular surgery and neurophthalmology. He holds a substantive NHS Consultant position at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust since 2014. Here he is the Lead for the Cataract surgery service and for Theatre efficiency. His areas of interest include cataract surgery under topical anaesthesia, plastic ocular surgery, management of the watery eye and medical and laser treatment of glaucoma. He has extensive experience in general ophthalmology and emergency care. He also actively collaborates with a charity organisation, regularly travelling to the African Sahara to treat patients from refugee camps by operating on complex cataracts and plastic surgery cases. Mr Pedro Muel-Gonzalez is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmology as well as the British Ocular Plastic Surgery Society among other professional membership bodies. He specialises in cataract surgery, Plastic Ocular Surgery and Glaucoma. He is also the Lead for Cataract service and Theatre Efficiency.
  • Mr Dan Nguyen is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and the Lead Clinician for Glaucoma at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. After graduating from the University of Bristol Medical School, he gained extensive experience at St. Paul’s Eye Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, and the Bristol Eye Hospital. He has since completed advanced specialist Fellowships at the Bristol Eye Hospital, and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. As well as dealing with the full range of general ophthalmic conditions, he has special interests in: customised cataract and refractive lens surgery (including multi-focal lens implants); Cataract surgery in patients with Glaucoma; Laser treatments for glaucoma; Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and Complex glaucoma surgery. Mr. Nguyen combines his specialist expertise, clinical experience and latest research to deliver dedicated, patient-centred and tailored care.
  • Mr Konal Saha FRCOphth is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon who is the Oculoplastic Lead at MCHFT.
  • Mrs Deepthi Seneviratne MBBS, MS(OpH), FRCS, MRCOpth has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Leighton Hospital since 2013. She has a subspecialty interest in Medical Retina.
  • Mr Simon Walker FRCOphth has been at Leighton hospital since 2004. He specialises in general ophthalmology, cataracts, glaucoma, paediatric eye care, squint disorders, external eye diseases and neuro-ophthalmology.


  • Dr Vlasios Antoniou
  • Dr Omara Arshad
  • Mr Muhammad Ayaz Asghar MBBS, DORCSI, DORCPI, FRCSI, MRCOophth (London) is an Associate Specialist ophthalmologist who specialises in Cataract and Refractive surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening, Ocular Ultrasonography, Medical Retina and AMD. He graduated from AIMC in 1983.He has been trained and worked in different hospitals of Pakistan, Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom in different capacities, from SHO to Consultant Ophthalmologist (locum), providing services in NHS for over 23 years. He is also involved in Teaching, training, research and publications and has been appointed Accredited Assessor for trainees, by Royal College of Ophthalmologist, London, he is also accredited clinical supervision in the Trust. Mr Asghar has been appointed Supervisor for Extended Independent Nurse Prescribing Programme, Chester University. He is National Ocular Ultrasound course instructor. He has represented doctors at Education forum at Mersey Deanery and is also Accredited BMA representative locally and at Mersey region level. Represents doctors at Joint Local Negotiating Committee (JLNC) at MCHFT. Along with his busy professional responsibilities, he supports various social and charitable projects in UK and Pakistan. He is a Trustee of Hashim Welfare Hospital Appeal UK and leads its North West chapter. Mr Asghar is also actively involved in a campaign for community health awareness of eye diseases and regularly participates in radio and community TV Health shows. Mr Asghar is President of GIO, Global Iqbalians Organisation, Director of Association of Pakistani Physician & Surgeons UK (APPSUK). Mr Asghar is former chairman of both organisations APPSUK(www.appsuk.org)and AIMCAUK(www.aimcauk.org). Mr Asghar is member of RCOPhth, ESCRS, BMA.
  • Mr Tarek El-Kashab
  • Mr Adnan Hafeez has a special interest in Glaucoma, Medical retina and Cataract.
  • Mr Raly Job Vellaniparambil MRCOphth, MRCSEd (Ophthal), Masters (Ophthalmology) has been a Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology at Leighton since 2010. He did his initial training at St Johns Medical College, Bangalore and then worked at different hospitals in India (including a two and half years stint as single doctor in a remote leprosy hospital). He trained at various ophthalmology units in UK and did research on “cross linking of actin networks” in glaucomatous optic nerve and trabecular meshwork at Liverpool University during his glaucoma fellowship. He has special interest in glaucoma management including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. He also does high volume and bilateral cataract surgery. Mr Job’s other subspecialty interests include medical retina, AMD, paediatric ophthalmology and lasers.
  • Mr Sunjay Nanchahal MBBS, MS (Ophthalmology), DNB (Ophthalmology), FRCS, FRCOphth has been employed by Mid Cheshire Trust since July 2012 as a Locum Consultant before being appointed to his current post of Specialist Ophthalmologist in March 2017. He has a specialist interest in Glaucoma, Children’s eye services and cataract, in which he was involved in implementing our current 1-stop cataract clinics in 2012. He is highly experienced in all areas of general ophthalmology.
  • Dr.Summaya Zaffar is a Speciality Doctor who joined MCHFT in 2017. She had her medical education and ophthalmology training in Pakistan.

Advanced Clinical Nurse Sepecialists in Ophthalmology

  • Debra Noden 
  • Lisa Rudy Fitzgerald

Orthoptic team

  • Kerry Holmes – Head Orthoptist
    Contact details appointments:  01270 612209

For advice on treatment: 01270 612437          

Our team of 6 Orthoptists provide specialist diagnostic and treatment care for paediatric and adult patients with binocular vision disorders (how the eyes work together), ocular motility disorders (how the eyes move), Strabismus (squint) and Amblyopia (Lazy eye)

We offer a comprehensive children's vision screening service based in local health centres.

In addition provide care in Glaucoma, Oculoplastic, and general ophthalmology.

We are committed to offering the best possible care, support and information for you and your child. 

Specialist Optometrists

  • Miss Emma Bennett BSc MCOptom (hons) Prof Cert Paed Eye Care Prof Cert Glauc
  • Miss Philippa Longmore BSc (hons) MCOptom DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glauc has worked at Leighton Hospital since 2015. She has a keen interest in Cornea, Contact Lenses and Glaucoma.
  • Miss Sarah Lorenz BSc (hons) MCOptom DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glauc
  • Mrs Laura McCall BSc (hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc DipTp(IP) PGDip
  • Ms Rachael O’Connell BSc (hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc


  • Miss Yusir Mohammed-Ali BSc (hons) MCOptom 

Contact details:
Appointment enquiries: 01270 612209
Treatment enquiries: please call 01270 255141 and ask for extension 2848

The Optometry department provides adult and paediatric refraction clinics (assessment for glasses) low vision aid assessment and specialist contact lens care in paediatric patients and adults with complex conditions such as Keratoconus as well as a number of specialist investigations.

Our staff are dedicated in helping patients achieve their visual potential by means of glasses, contact lens or visual aids to help patients to maintain independence and achieve a better quality of life.  

Nursing Staff and technical team

  • Nicky Mullin – Eye Care Centre Manager
    Contact details: 01270 273387

  • Lynsey Hollinshead BSc (hons) Nursing practice (Adult)Deputy Department Manager, Eye Care Centre 

Our team of nursing and technical staff offer experienced specialist eye care, provide pre operative and post operative cataract care, and are an important part of the AMD and Glaucoma service teams.

  • Leon Woodward - Imaging Team Manager

Our skilled technical team provide imaging and photography to help diagnose and manage your eye condition better.

To be seen by a member of our team you must be referred by an optician or other health care professional, usually your GP.  Your GP will arrange an appointment either through the Choose and Book system or by sending a referral letter to the Eye Department requesting an appointment to be made. Your first appointment will be at one of our outpatient clinics. 

A member of the Eye Care team will use the referral letter to decide which clinic is most suitable to treat your eye or visual problem, if your appointment has been booked in the Choose and Book service sometimes we may change it to ensure you are booked in the correct sub-specialty clinic.

Patients occasionally require extra tests and investigations to reach a diagnosis and assist clinical management.  More than one appointment may be required.

The Eye Care service has clinics at both Leighton Hospital and Northwich Victoria Infirmary – please check the location carefully on your letter.