Anglia Community Eye Service

Tel. 01945 466222


Medical Staff

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Mr Neil Johnson MRCP FRCS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Neil Johnson qualified from St. Thomas's Hospital, London and after training in ophthalmology at Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London, took up his first Consultant post in the Army in 1990. He left the Army in 1993 and became Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. After 14 years he left the hospital to set up Anglia Community Eye Service with Cliff Jakeman.

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Mr Cliff Jakeman BM BS FRCS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Cliff Jakeman has been a Consultant for 18 years having trained in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. After wide experience in the RAF he left as a Wing Commander. He took up post as a Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn in 1995 since when he has lived Wisbech.

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Mr Sivanandy Nagendran MBBS MS FRCSEd

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Sivanandy Nagendran graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with distinctions in medicine and surgery. He was awarded the Rockwood gold medal for outstanding performance as a medical undergraduate.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He joined ACES in 2013.

He specialises in cataract surgery, glaucoma (medical, laser and surgical) treatment and lid surgery.

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Mr Andrew Ramsay BSc MBBS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Andrew Ramsay graduated in Medicine from the London Hospital Medical College, University of London in 1991 having won the final year prize in Medicine. He also has an honours degree in Psychology.

Andrew completed his training in ophthalmology at Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London before becoming a Consultant in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge in 2001. He is an examiner for the Fellowship exams of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, has lectured and published internationally, and was clinical sub-dean at the University of Cambridge.

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Mr Safdar Alam MD MSc

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Safdar Alam qualified as an MD in 1999 from The Latvian Medical Academy and later trained as a General Ophthalmologist in 2005 from Paul Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia. He started his NHS career as a Senior Ophthalmologist in 2005 at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and then moved to Devon in 2009 working at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust as an Ophthalmic Surgeon where he helped establish the wet macular degeneration service.

Safdar joined ACES in September 2014 as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon after completing his Medical Retina Fellowship in the prestigious Saint Paul’s Eye Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

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Dr Lee O'Mara MRCOphth

Consulting Ophthalmologist

Lee O'Mara qualified from University College and The Middlesex Hospitals. He initially became a GP in Heacham for four years before specialising in Ophthalmology in 1995. Lee joined ACES in 2010 and specialises in medical ophthalmology.

Lee lives happily in Norfolk.

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Dr Aiga Harrington

Consulting Ophthalmologist

Aiga Harrington qualified in Riga, Latvia and studied general ophthalmology before becoming a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, working at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, from 2007 to 2010. Aigia joined ACES in November 2009 and works at our premises in Wisbech as well as our outreach clinics at both Riverside and Whittlesey.

Aiga is married to a local well-established farmer and they live happily near Wisbech with their son.

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Mr Michael Mellor MCOptom BSc(Hons)

Senior Optometric Clinician

Michael studied Optometry at City University, London and was a Dispensing Optician at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He completed pre-registration in 1995 at Moorfields where he continued to work until 1999. In the same year Michael moved to Norfolk working for Boots Optometrists in Fakenham. Michael became Ophthalmic Director of Specsavers Optometrists in Dereham in 2003 and in Fakenham in 2005. Michael joined ACES, working at our Fakenham premises, in March 2014.

Michael lives in Fakenham with his wife and two children. His interests include shooting, walking and golf.

Nursing Staff

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Mrs Diane Ayling, RGN DipN

Nurse Practitioner

Diane qualified in 1991 at St Bartholomews Hospital, London. She has held a number of different clinical and managerial positions with the local health systems.

Diane joined ACES in September 2012 following a three year period of working as a Nurse Practitioner in the Minor Injuries Unit at North Cambs Hospital. She currently provides post-op checks following cataract surgery, stable glaucoma check-ups and performs minor surgical procedures.

Diane lives in March with her husband and has two daughters. Her interests include walking, cycling and food!

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Mr Matthew Burgess

Senior Nurse

Matthew graduated as a nurse from Nottingham University and spent two years working in acute medicine before settling in Essex to follow a career in Ophthalmology.

He completed his ophthalmic training at Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London and during his 14 years in ophthalmology attained the Non-Medical Prescribers certificate.

Matthew has recently moved from Essex back to his roots in South Lincolnshire, and now brings his wide experience to ACES.

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The Wisbech Theatre Team

Michael Southern - Theatre Nurse Manager

Ali Portass - Theatre Sister

Jenny Hempson - Theatre Sister

Donna Powell - Health Care Assistant

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The Wisbech Nursing Team

Gemma Wilson - Clinical Coordinator
Health Care Assistant

Karen James - Health Care Assistant

Stella Hotson - Health Care Assistant

Julie Irons - Health Care Assistant

Sarah King - Health Care Assistant

Daniella Valente - Health Care Assistant

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The Fakenham Theatre Team

Ellie Bottone - Theatre Sister

Sandra Pooley - Theatre Nurse

Linsey Wilcox - Health Care Assistant

Denise McNab - Health Care Assistant

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The Fakenham Nursing Team

Sandra Foreman - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator
Health Care Assistant

Maggie Fitzpatrick - Health Care Assistant

Vida Maccorquodale - Health Care Assistant

Administrative Staff

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Mrs Donna Sweeney MIHM
HND Business Management

Registered Manager/Chief Operating Officer

Donna joined ACES in September 2009, having previously worked in both industry and the NHS for over 10 years. She was keen to join the company owing to their focus on delivering patient-centred quality care in the community. Donna’s responsibilities include managing our locations in Wisbech, Fakenham and Thetford, alongside recently overseeing the construction of a purpose built clinical facility in our Wisbech location.

ACES is a CQC regulated organisation and Donna is responsible as the Registered Manager for overseeing the implementation of systems and processes to ensure that ACES meets the very high standards that the CQC demands.

Donna is married with three grown up children who are now forging their own pathways in life. Donna enjoys walking, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

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The Administration Team

Based At Wisbech

Kim Cooper - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Kate Bittles - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Barbara Harris - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Erika Field - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Lorrain Symons - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Amy Adcock - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Ivan Valente - Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Samantha Horspole - Receptionist
Ophthalmic Co-ordinator

Lynn Elderfield - Accounts and Data

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