This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. I'm fine with this Cookie information
Follow is on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram
Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.


The Orthoptic department is on the UPPER GROUND FLOOR of Gartnavel General Hospital. It is staffed by 6 full-time and 4 part-time members of staff, and 2 receptionists.

Head of Department:                   Marie Cleary 

Telephone Number:                     0141-211-1042  

Contact Hours                  8.30am - 5pm Monday – Thursday

                                         8.30am - 4.30pm Fridays

Orthoptists are Allied Health Professionals who are registered with the Health Professions Council, specialise in vision problems, squints (strabismus) and eye co-ordination and eye movement disorders. In adults, these problems can be related to a range of medical conditions.  

Orthoptic services

Orthoptists see patients of all ages within our daily pre-booked out-patient clinics. We also see in-patients, day cases and emergencies from eye casualty.  Orthoptists at Gartnavel are also involved in the following services:  ·         Neuro-ophthalmology clinics at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital including specialist Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Clinic and Myasthenia clinic ·         Visual screening clinic in the Southbank Child Development Centre ·         Stroke service ·         Maxillofacial service ·         West Glasgow Community pre-school vision screening in nurseries (children who miss their nursery test will be appointed to hospital)

Your appointment

Children’s Orthoptic appointment slots          15 – 30 minutes Adult Orthoptic appointment slots                   30 - 90 minutes        The appointment length varies dependant on the nature of your condition. Most patients see both an Orthoptist and Optometrist (Optician) or Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) at their FIRST VISIT, therefore you may be here for a few hours. Adults may be given a pre-assessment appointment for the Orthoptist up to a few weeks prior to their Ophthalmologist appointment. It is important that you attend this. If you are unable to attend, we may need to re-schedule the Ophthalmology appointment. Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to change an appointment. EYE DROPS are often required to carry out a detailed assessment of the eyes. These enlarge the pupil of the eye and blur the vision. We advise bringing sunglasses and / or a hat with a brim / skip to make you more comfortable. Adults will not be able drive for some time until these wear off.   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:      Please bring all current glasses and a list of medications, as well as your appointment letter or card.

Teaching Department

The Orthoptic department is a teaching department for undergraduate orthoptists and a range of medical and other health professionals. We will always ask your permission to be tested by a student, who are always supervised by trained staff.