The Northern General Hospital’s new £6.7m eye centre had its official opening on Monday.

Dan Walker, a BBC broadcaster best known for programmes such as football focus and BBC breakfast, was there for the opening of the centre where a special plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion.

Mr Walker said “The last time I was at Northern General was two and a half years ago, I drove myself here at 1:30 in the morning after snapping my Achilles. Every time I’ve been here the staff have been amazing. My sister works as a nurse in the NHS and I appreciate how important facilities like this centre is.”

The opening of the unit is particularly appropriate for Dan, who suffered with a painful eye infection which was widely reported in the national news.


The photo of the unveiling of the plaque shows (from left to right) Tony Pedder OBE (Chair, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) with Mr Stephen Winder (Consultant Ophthalmologist) and Dan Walker.

Cataract Surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the UK, with around 330,000 operations performed each year. The new centre offers some of the best surgical facilities in the UK to treat cataract.

Stephen Winder, a consultant Ophthalmology at Sheffield’s new eye centre said: “The new centre has been pivotal in helping us provide excellent outcomes and personalised care to thousands of patients needing cataract eye surgery in accessible and spacious surroundings.

Boasting some of the very best ophthalmic and assessment facilities in the world, the new facility has revolutionised care for patients needing cataract eye surgery.”

Over 5000 patients from Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region will benefit from the centre with ten consulting rooms, world-class diagnostic equipment and hi-tech operating rooms.

Mr Winder said: “The most important people in all of this is the patients and I’m delighted to say all the patients that have had surgery here have given us some excellent feedback in how improved the service is.”

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