Official Opening of Children's Eye Unit


Belfast Trust recently officially opened the new look Children’s Eye Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital.

Speaking at the event Chairman Peter McNaney, CBE said, “It is a privilege to be at the opening, and the unit is a fantastic example of service improvement.” 

The Chairman along with James McAleenan, who is a patient of the paediatric multidisciplinary eye service officially opened the unit.

The Children’s Eye Unit has multidisciplinary clinics running so children can attend several disciplines at one appointment and was designed specifically for young patients to make the patient experience as pleasant as possible. There is a clinical area which is safe and secure and not shared with other adult eye clinics providing a more relaxed atmosphere and a playroom and waiting area to make attendance enjoyable for the children and parents.

There is also on-site  dedicated paediatric contact lens and low vision clinics which have been transferred from the Shankill Health and Wellbeing Centre and which now have access to orthoptic services and medical teams when required without delay in referrals or need for second attendance.

The new unit is also providing a reduction in multiple appointments due to the streamlining of the service, which, in turn, means less time away from school for children and less time off work for parents. It also provides immediate access to specialist investigations and multidisciplinary opinions improving the service for our patients.