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We are looking for the successful appointee to provide general ophthalmology services, with a specialist interest complimentary to those of the other Consultants, paediatric ophthalmology being particularly desirable.
The Department provides an Ophthalmology Service for the Dumfries and Galloway Region (population 148,500). Out-patient and Theatre Day Case activities are provided at Mountainhall Treatment Centre (MTC), Theatre and Acute Care is provided in the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) and the Galloway Community Hospital (GCH) in Stranraer. Elective surgery is performed at DGRI and additional local anaesthetic cataract surgery at the MTC and GCH. Medical staff are supported by Nurse Practitioners in Glaucoma, Cataract and Plastics clinics. Our paediatric service is fully supported by our Orthoptic team.
The successful candidate will join a team of five consultants, (including this post) and a Specialty Doctor. There is a senior nursing team comprising of a Senior Charge Nurse, Theatre Sister and an Outpatient Ophthalmology Sister. The hospital’s Emergency Department provides 24-hour cover for ophthalmic emergencies where emergency patients are firstly reviewed. Consultant Ophthalmologists are first on-call from 5 pm and at weekends, providing 1 in 5 on call with prospective cover. This is currently under review with the aim to provide daytime cover only locally.
It is an exciting time in Dumfries and Galloway as the new District General Hospital opened in December 2017. The hospital is based on the western outskirts of the town. The new hospital will ensure NHS Dumfries and Galloway staff are able to continue to provide high quality clinical care to the population of Dumfries and Galloway in a modern environment.
The region offers beautiful countryside, from rugged cliffs and sandy beaches to forests, hills and rolling plains. There is a wide range of activities on offer, with watersports, fishing, birdwatching, golf, mountain-biking or cycling along the network of rural roads and much more. House prices are low, schools are good and you are within 2 hours of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lake District and Newcastle.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway offer a full relocation package.
Prospective candidates will require to be on the GMC Specialist Register and will hold a CCT or CESR (Article 14 – Certificate of Equivalency) or be within 6 months of obtaining the certificate
Applications for part-time or job share employment are also welcome.
For further information please contact:
Mr Mark Stoddart, Consultant Ophthalmologist (e-mail address - ) or
Dr Christiane Shrimpton, Associate Medical Director (e-mail address – )
Arrangements to visit the department can be made through Kirsty Bell, Assistant General Manager on, (e-mail address – ).
Applications from candidates who require a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly Work Permit) will only be considered if no suitable UK or EEA national is identified for this post. For further information on the UK Border Agency’s new Points Based System which now governs the way individuals from outside the EEA can work in the UK please visit or telephonefor more information. NHS Dumfries and Galloway will not provide maintenance in relation to Visa applications.
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