Norwich to Verona charity cycle, July 2019
On Friday 28th June Tom sets off from Norwich to cycle the 1,000 miles to Verona, as part of a four-man team raising funds for charity. The group will travel across Holland and Germany before taking the Via Claudia Augusta, the old Roman Road, across The Alps through Austria and down into Italy, arriving in Verona on Saturday 13th July (all being well!)
Tom is cycling on behalf of the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind - should you wish to donate to this very worthy cause you can do so at
Keynote speaker at James Paget AGM
I was very pleased to be able to share successes from the James Paget's Ophthalmology department at the 2018 AGM in September. A new clinic at Beccles Hospital means we can now treat more patients closer to their homes, particularly important for those requiring monthly injections to treat Age Related Macular Degeneration.
I also told the meeting that despite significant increase in patient numbers making us one of the busiest hospital departments, the brilliant Ophthalmology team receives the lowest level of complaints in the hospital. I'm lucky to work fantastic colleagues and am very proud to be part of this vibrant and successful department.
Advancing learning at European congress
Another year, another congress - this time Copenhagen was the venue for my annual European trip helping me stay at the forefront of developments in corneal and cataract surgery and treatment.
Keeping up with the latest developments at the Barcelona Cornea Congress
I have just returned from the annual EU Cornea Congress, held this year in the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Keeping up to date with the latest techniques and research is always important, and it's certainly no hardship when it can be done in sunnier climes!
Teaching cataract surgery to the next generation
Twice a year I volunteer to teach surgical skills to the next generation of eye specialists, at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London. Through a series of lectures, one-on-one practical sessions and group workshops, I help the students hone their operating skills in cataract surgery as they practise on a simulator machine, and then on real pig eyes (a close match to our own!)
I really enjoy this important work, and it's always great to hear that the skills and techniques I have taught are helping students deliver safe and successful cataract surgery in hospitals across the country and around the world. I have also received the 'Trainer of the Year' award.
This is me, captured imparting some pearls of wisdom, during a recent course.