Bridget Hemmant consultant at Spire Hospital Norwich sitting at the Slit lamp

Biography

MB ChB MD FCROphth

Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Oculoplastic surgeon 

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon, leading the Oculoplastic service at The James Paget University Hospital. I also have a private practice based over three sites in Norfolk: Spire Hospital Norwich,  East Point Consulting Rooms in Gorleston and I have facilities to see patients at The Global Clinic in Norwich.  I am very proud to provide a professional and caring quality friendly service to my patients who have commented on my demeanour, surgical skills and expert aftercare. I am delighted to provide great patient relationships and ensure that all my patients receive a premium level of care. Whether this is the elderly and vulnerable within the NHS or younger fitter patients needing speedy care in order to continue to work.

GMC No: 3355291

 

I am registered as an eye specialist with the General Medical Council and work at several private facilities with Care Quality Commission registration.

Specialities

My specialties include ophthalmic and reconstructive plastic surgery, cataract surgery and lacrimal surgery. I am a member of the multi-disciplinary Skin cancer MDT, which manages complex skin cancer cases, at The James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals. One of my main interests is in the treatment of eye lid and periocular lumps and bumps and the assessment and management of skin cancers around the eyes.

Membership of societies

Training

My undergraduate training took place at Sheffield University Medical School before I went on to complete specialist training in Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Here I met many Ophthalmologists in training from around the world leading to lifelong international connections in Ophthalmology and a more global understanding of eye care provision. This network of colleagues then inspired me to travel to Australia for a fellowship in Oculoplastic, Corneal and Cataract Surgery at the Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia.

My first consultant Job was at the Royal Free Hospital in London from where I was lured to work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Norfolk in 2004 and has become integrated into Norfolk Life having married the son of a Norfolk farmer who is owner and winemaker at the Chet Valley Vineyard.

 

I now have over 20 years experience as a Consultant Ophthalmologist and I am a senior consultant in the Eye Department at the James Paget University Hospital. I have a lead role in Curriculum development at the University of East Anglia Medical School on the Special senses module in year 3 - Neurology and Ophthalmology. Within this role I have a responsibility for teaching and assessment of undergraduate medical students. I have been very active in training and assessment in Ophthalmology during my years as a consultant and have been an Examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists from 2006 to date and held a lead role for the Diploma exam. I have been a Clinical tutor and Educational supervisor for trainees in Ophthalmology and am currently the GP tutor for trainees in Ophthalmology at the JPUH.

I am a founder member of the British Oculoplastic Surgeons society BOPSS.

I am married with one daughter and two step children. As a busy working Mum I am used to having a full schedule and I understand the pressures of everyday life. I can empathise with active people who need to get on with their lives and who need their eye lid problem, watery eye or cataract sorted out in a professional, discrete and efficient manner so they can continue to do the things they need to. I have the expertise, experience and skills to help coupled with a compassionate and accommodating nature. I would be happy to help you given the opportunity to do so.