Consultant Profile

Mr Richard Newsom

Mr Richard Newsom FRCOphth, MD, BSc, MB BS
Practicing at:
Spire Southampton Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Diabetic eye disease
    • Glaucoma treatment
    • Macular degeneration
    • Retinal disease
    • Vitreo-retinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Small incision cataract surgery, retinal detachment, macular holes, Lucentis treatment for age related macular degeneration.

Research interests:

New treatments for Macular Degeneration and vitreoretinal surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer at Southampton University

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Ophthalmology
British Medical Association
Society of Apothacaries of London
British and Eire Vitreoretinal Society

United Kingdom and Ireland Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Financial interests/shares:

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.

Contact Details 
Private secretary:
Peter Ryan
Private secretary telephone number:
023 8076 4976
Private secretary fax:
02380 764309
Private secretary email address:
Monday AM, Tuesday AM, Thursday PM and Friday AM
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Newsom trained in London, at Kings and University College; Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. Initial Ophthalmology training was in Windsor, followed by St Thomas' Hospital London.

Specialist vitreoretinal training was then undertaken at Southampton Eye Unit and Moorfields Eye Hospital, and medical retina training at the New England Medical Center, Boston USA.

Mr Newsom has published over 70 ophthalmology papers, as well as writing a textbook and contributing several ophthalmology chapters to other books. Mr Newsom is a NICE advisor for AMD treatment and an examiner for the College of Ophthalmologists.

He is involved with developing new treatments for macular degeneration, and vitreoretinal disease, as well as offering specialized multifocal lenses for patients needing cataract surgery

Personal profile:

Mr Newsom is happily married with two children. He is involved with his local church. Mr Newsom enjoys running, cycling and sailing, he has recently completed his second marathon and became a Yachtmaster in 2008. He has served as an Eye Surgeon ‘The Africa Mercy’ in West Africia and supports an orphanage in Kenya, Hope Family Homes.

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Mr Richard Newsom

Mr Richard Newsom

Ophthalmology at Spire Southampton Hospital

Eye surgery available at Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire

For more information about eye surgery available at Spire Southampton Hospital, please click here. For information about self pay options if you do not have private medical insurance, please call us on 023 8091 4471.

"I can even drive at night again" 

Mr Richard Newsom treated Mr Nigel Barnes for the "floaters" that were obscuring his vision. Read more about Mr Barnes vitrectomy procedure at Spire Southampton Hospital.

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