Mr McMullan has a weekly cataract list at Northampton General Hospital (with his juniors) for NHS patients and he performs cataract surgery at the Three Shires for private patients.
If you are a private patient with medical insurance you will need to be referred to Mr McMullan at the Three Shires via your GP or optician. If you are self-paying, you may refer yourself by telephoning the Three Shires Hospital outpatients reception desk on 01604 885003.
You will need to see Mr McMullan for an initial consultation when he will carry out a thorough investigation of your cataract(s) and other eye health. For cataract assessments, it is very useful to bring your most recent refraction (optician report) and one that may be approximately two years old.
Please note that Mr McMullan will need to administer eye drops to dilate your pupils in order to evaluate the cataract(s). Your pupils will return to normal after a few hours but it does mean that you will not be able to drive for a few hours afterwards.
Biometry (your preoperative ocular measurements)
Measurements of your eyes need to be taken a few weeks prior to surgery so that Mr McMullan can ascertain which new lens to insert. Biometry can be arranged with Mr Kevin McNally at the Three Shires Hospital. Most often, he is available to carry out the biometry directly after your consultation with Mr McMullan which saves you another trip in to the hospital, if you know you want to go ahead with surgery. If not, you can book a biometry appointment on another date. Mr McNally’s secretary can be contacted on 01604 405645.
Mr McNally asks that, prior to biometry being done, you cease any contact lens wear for 14 days in the case of hard or gas permeable lenses, or for 7 days if you wear soft contact lenses. He would also like you to bring your current spectacle prescription and an old spectacle prescription dating back two years, if possible. If you have had previous eye surgery to correct short or long sightedness then please bring details with you or measurements and prescriptions before that operation.
Biometry fee: if you have medical insurance cover your provider will be invoiced by Mr McNally/the hospital. If you are a self pay patient and decide to go ahead with surgery, the biometry fee is ‘swallowed up’ in to the overall fee for surgery. Please note, however, should you decide further down the line not to go ahead with surgery, and you are a self pay patient, you will incur the biometry fee of £162.50, invoiced to you by the hospital.
At or after your initial consultation we will arrange a date for surgery. A week or so prior to your cataract surgery you will be asked by the hospital to come in for a pre-operative assessment. This is a general medical check-up and you will be able to drive afterwards.
Cataract surgery is usually done under local anaesthetic (although it can be done under general anaesthetic) as a daycase.
Follow up consultation(s)
Mr McMullan will advise you on the day of surgery when he would like to see you for a follow up clinic appointment at the Three Shires Hospital. Please book this direct, via the outpatients department on 01604 885003.
Mr McMullan’s fee for an initial consultation if you are a self pay patient is £130.
The price for cataract surgery under local anaesthetic at the Three Shires Hospital is £2,270 (as at end 2014). This self pay package price is set by the hospital and includes the surgeon’s fee of £700 (which includes a follow up appointment). The overall fee also includes the biometry and pre-operative assessment, as described above.