Ophthalmology Services

Urgent Advice and Referral

Urgent Care will continue to be provided in line with normal triage processes on a case by case basis. All these services can be accessed by primary care, community midwifery, and via ED.

Ophthalmology Services have triage facilities to support their ED services and are available for advice and making urgent appointments on the contact numbers below.

Plymouth Hospital:

For patients and healthcare staff the Ophthalmology triage line:

Monday – Friday, 08:30 to 18:00: 01752 439330

Saturday – Sunday, 09:00 to 13:00: 01752 439330

For healthcare staff only: All other times: On call ophthalmologist via switchboard: 01752 202082


Torbay Hospital:

For healthcare staff only:

Anyone who needs to be seen immediately, or within 48 hours for the ophthalmic emergency service, should be referred by phoning 01803 654926 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact the on-call service via switchboard for out of hours help on 0300 456 8000 or 01803 614567.

Contact details for the other Devon Hospitals

Urgent Advice and Referral

North Devon Hospital:

For patients an answer phone service only: 01271 314181

For healthcare staff only: 

Monday – Friday, 8:00 to 20:00: 01271 322461

All other times: On call ophthalmologist via switchboard: 01271 322577

Royal Devon and Exeter:

For healthcare staff only:

Royal Devon and Exeter (WEEU):

Monday – Saturday, 09:00 to 17:00: 01392 404955 (Professional's line)

If no answer after ~ 2 minutes, email the team on:


All other times: On call ophthalmologist via switchboard: 01392 411611

The ‘Think 111’ initiative in Devon, a professional’s line on 01392 404955 for you to still be able to speak to an Eye Care Professional within the hospital when you need emergency advice or to make an emergency referral. Please note this number is not to give out to patients, who instead are to be asked to contact 111. The only exception is patients who have had eye surgery/injections within the last 6 weeks with WEEU, Heavitree, or Axminster hospital.'

For healthcare staff only: All other times the on call ophthalmologist via switchboard: 01392 411611

Red Flags

ED or 999 should continue to be used for life threatening injuries and illnesses.

Additional Information

This page provides service contact information for Urgent Ophthalmology Services in the four Devon Acute Trusts. Information has been provided for patient accessible services and healthcare professional contact numbers for advice, guidance and potential referral.

Key Messages

This information has been provided to minimise Emergency Department referrals for patients where ED will add little value. ED referral is for any life or limb threatening illness or injury.

Units have redesigned services and workloads to support social distancing as much as possible for the safety of staff and patients.

This information supplements information the patient may already posses through contact with community ophthalmology services. Please ensure the patient possesses the right contact information for any escalating health issues.

Publication date: March 2021

Updated: November 2022

Publication date: March 2021

Last updated: 04-01-2023


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