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Dr Harry Bennett

Dr Harry Bennett

Consultant Ophthalmologist
MB ChB, MRCP (UK), FRCOphth

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Harry Bennett at Spire include:

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Assessment of vitreoretinal disease and vascular retinal disease

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Professional profile

Availability - Shawfair: Tuesday 2pm-4pm.

My undergraduate training was at Manchester University, qualifying with MB ChB in 1989. After working in a variety of medical specialities, gaining the MRCP(UK) diploma in 1992, I moved north to Glasgow to commence a training rotation in ophthalmology. I spent seven years working in a number of ophthalmic units around the west of Scotland achieving FRCOphth in 1995. I have undergone specialist fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery both in Glasgow, 1998-1999, and in Manchester in 2000, under the supervision of Professor David McLeod. I became a fellow of the RCS of Edinburgh in 2004 and am a member of their ophthalmic committee.

In the past I have been the Training Programme Director for South East Scotland 2009-2014 and the Regional Adviser for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists until 2015 and I am still an honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh. Having a longstanding interest in teaching and ocular trauma, I co-organised a two day Ocular Trauma Course in Edinburgh in 2009 which included wet lab experience and internationally renowned invited speakers. I have also been an invited speaker at ocular trauma courses in Lublin and Warsaw, Poland , presented at Euretina, in Nice 2015, and also at the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS) meeting, twice organising the national survey of clinical practice amongst members. In November 2014 I organised a successful annual congress of BEAVRS in Edinburgh and am currently serving as the membership and communications secretary on its board. I am also the honorary secretary of the Scottish Ophthalmological Club which organises academic meetings twice a year. I have an interest in developing country ophthalmology and have worked abroad on 16 occasions including on ORBIS , teaching VR surgery in Libya, and have co-organised, and taken part in, multiple cataract camps in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar.

My current practice includes all general ophthalmic problems with special surgical interests in cataract extraction (small incision and complex) and vitreoretinal procedures. I am often referred patients with complex cataracts both in my NHS and private practice.


Clinical Interests

Cataract surgery
Vitreo-retinal surgery

Small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Vitreoretinal surgery. Complex and high risk cataract surgery. Diabetic and other vascular retinal eye disease.

Private contact details

Telephone 0131 316 2530
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - examiner and board member
British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons - board member
Scottish Ophthalmology Club - honorary secretary
BMA
MDDUS

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh

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Personal Profile

Having been a member of a Blues Brothers tribute band at university, I still play the trumpet in the Biggar Big Band. I also enjoy snowboarding and golf when the children permit!

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