Meet the Team

Cath Gray

Cath Gray

Cath Gray

I am the department’s Head Orthoptist managing the Orthoptic and Optometry services for Blackpool Fylde and Wyre. I have worked at Blackpool Victoria Hospital since 1996 having previously worked in East Lancashire and at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital as a Clinical teacher.

My role includes working in the Orthoptic Clinics at Victoria Hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays and in the community at Fleetwood Hospital on Thursday mornings. I work with Mr Naylor (Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist) at the paediatric clinic on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.

Conrad Beacham

Conrad Beacham

Conrad Beacham

I am the Deputy Head of the department and have worked at Blackpool Victoria Hospital since 1997.

I see non-urgent patients on Tuesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings.

Janet Barker

Janet Barker

Janet Barker

I  have worked at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as an Orthoptist since qualifying in 1986.

I work Thursday and Friday mornings, working with David our optometrist on a Thursday morning. I see children and adult Orthoptic patients on Friday.

Caroline Hayball

Caroline Hayball

Caroline Hayball

I have worked as an Orthoptist in the Orthoptic Department since 1979.

I perform visual screening in Blackpool primary schools, assessing children in the reception class, and run a secondary screening service which is offered in various local health centres.  My working days are Thursday and Friday during term time.

Cath Jukes

Cath Jukes

Cath Jukes

I have worked in Blackpool Teaching Hospital since graduating from Liverpool University in 1997.

I am the department lead for Stroke, Thyroid Eye Disease and Neuro-ophthalmology. On Monday mornings I run a paediatric clinic in St Annes. My working days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rukhsar Rashid

Rukhsar Rashid

Rukhsar Rashid

I have worked at Blackpool as an Orthoptist since 2014. My working days are Monday-Friday.

I work with the child development team and carry out specialised clinics for those children with special educational needs. Since January 2018, I have been attending special schools to carry out visual screening. My clinics consist of working with Mr Naylor (Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist) on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. I work in the Community at Kirkham Health Centre on Monday afternoons. I am also the lead clinical tutor for undergraduate orthoptic students.

Rebecca Smart

Rebecca Smart

I graduated from Sheffield University in July 2016, My first job was at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust before moving to Blackpool Victoria Hospital in January 2017. I assess both adult and children in clinics at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I also work on joint adult motility and paediatric clinics with Mr Naylor (Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist) on Wednesday afternoons.

In the community I run clinics on alternate Tuesday afternoons at Thornton and South Shore Primary Care Centre. More recently, I was appointed as the Vision Screening Lead for Blackpool as part of the Lancashire’s Vision Screening Service. Within this role I am responsible for the training of vision screeners and the auditing of the service.

Ammarah Patel

Ammarah Patel

I am an Orthoptist and I started working for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals in May 2018. I have worked at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, Sunderland Eye Infirmary and Salford Royal NHS Foundation trust before starting my role here.

I undertake paediatric and adult orthoptic clinics, working alongside the Ophthalmologist and Optometrist at the hospital throughout the week. I run a paediatric orthoptic clinic at Cleveleys Group Practice twice a month. I am also involved in the delivery of the Lancashire Vision Screening Service.

Suhaylah Bapu

Suhaylah Bapu

I am an Orthoptist and I graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2017. I work Wednesday to Friday at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I joined the team in July 2018.

I take part in a range of clinics involving both children and adults. I also work alongside the Doctors during their clinics.

David Barras

David Barras

David Barras

I work as an optometrist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and work together with the orthoptists in the Children’s Orthoptic Clinic.

My role is to determine whether a child requires glasses or not. Glasses can play an important part in the development of children’s vision. My clinics are held on Mondays and Thursdays at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I have been part of the team since September 2015.

Graham Robinson

Graham Robinson

Graham Robinson

I have worked at Blackpool Victoria Hospital for more than 30 years.

My role as an optometrist involves testing children’s eyes for glasses. I work closely with the orthoptists in the department on a Tuesday morning. My role is to determine whether a child requires glasses or not.

Karen Wright

Karen Wright

I started working as an ophthalmic technician in the Orthoptic department in May 2017.  My working days are Monday to Thursday.

My role as an ophthalmic technician involves undertaking the clinical testing of visual fields, using the Humphrey Visual Field Analyser. I also help with administrative duties within the department.

I recently completed the BIOS (British Irish Orthoptic Society) Vision Screening Training Programme, along with my colleague Gail, and achieved the standards of competency in Vision Screening for children aged 4 – 5 years.  We visit schools in the Lancashire area and perform vision screening tests for Reception children.

Gail Swarbrick

Gail Swarbrick

I started working in the Orthoptic department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in January 2018.

My role as an ophthalmic technician involves undertaking the clinical testing of visual fields, using the Humphrey Visual Field Analyser. I also assist with the numerous administrative duties within the department.

I recently completed the BIOS (British Irish Orthoptic Society) Vision Screening Training Programme, along with my colleague Karen, and achieved the standards of competency in Vision Screening for children aged 4 – 5 years.  We visit schools in the Lancashire area and perform vision screening tests for Reception children.

Cheryl Morley

Cheryl Morley

I work part time as an Ophthalmic Technician within the Orthoptic department, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

My role is to assess patients' visual fields using a Humphrey Visual Field Analyser. The Analyser provides information to assist in both diagnosis and monitoring of certain eye conditions.