Special Educational Needs (SEN) Orthoptic Service

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If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.

It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.

Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.

If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.

If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.

Our Service

Warrington Orthoptic department is part of a multi-disciplinary team that work towards early detection of any vision development defects or eye movement disorders. We have designated clinics across Warrington and Halton at Child Development Centres and Warrington Hospital.

Who would refer my child?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • GP’s
  • Health Visitors
  • Paediatricians
  • High Street Opticians
  • School Nurses
  • Orthoptists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
Why my child might be referred?

We know from studies that up to 80% of children with special needs may have associated visual difficulties and the Orthoptists work within a multi-disciplinary team to maximise the potential of these children.

How will my child be assessed?

Orthoptic Assessment: This comprises of a vision examination of the child’s eyes using pictures, letters, and observations. They will show the child objects and vision cards and specially designed tests in order to establish how the child uses their eyes and their vision. An Orthoptist can measure a squint and look at how the eyes move. They specially trained to detect where the vision is best used. The outcome of their assessment will determine whether further tests need to be carried out by the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

Facilities

Warrington:

Child Development Centre

Vision Development clinic based at the hospital

See Urchins

Halton:

Woodview Child Development Centre

Orthoptic clinics run in the Child Development Centre’s in both Warrington and Halton areas.

A child can be seen in these clinics for their Orthoptic and Optometry assessment along with their parent / carer.

These clinics have been set up in specially designed areas to allow the child to feel relaxed and at ease with the examiner the surroundings.

What is See Urchins?

You may be invited to attend this specially developed parent / infant playgroup which meets once monthly during term time.

It is designed for children with vision impairment and their families to meet together.

It is organised by the Warrington Teachers of Children with a Visual Impairment and a Specialist Orthoptist.

Venue: Westy Surestart Childrens Centre

Tinsley St

Warrington

WA4 1RE

Who is in the team?

Judy De’Bell - Advanced Orthoptist Lead for Warrington SEN Services

Frances Midgley - Advanced Orthoptist Lead for Halton SEN Services

Rob Gargon - Specialist Orthoptist

Tracey Parry – Specialist Orthoptist

Katy Wall – Specialist Orthoptist