NHS Referrals to Mr David Cheung

Mr Cheung sees NHS patients at:
  • Sandwell General Hospital, Birmingham
  • Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley


Mr Cheung can only see you as an NHS patient following referral by your own GP.

  • Do I need to live in the Midlands to see Mr Cheung as an NHS Patient?No. Mr Cheung sees local patients and patients outside of the West Midlands region due to the NHS Patient Choice System.

    Due to NHS patient choice, every patient has the right to choose whom and where they wish to be seen following referral by their GP.
  • How does my GP make a referral to see Mr Cheung?Both Sandwell Hospital and Russells Hall Hospital accept referrals via the electronic choose and book/ e-referral system.

    On the NHS e-referral/ Choose & Book Directory of Services: Mr Cheung's clinics can be found under the following filters:
    • Specialty: Ophthalmology
    • Clinic Type: Oculoplastics \ Orbits \ Lacrimal
    • Named Clinician: Cheung, David

    Typically the choose and book e-referral system is designed to find the service most convenient for you i.e. often the closest one, so you or your GP may need to alter the search locale appropriately for Mr Cheung's clinics to appear in your service search results

    • Therefore Mr Cheung's Russells Hall Hospital two services (Ophthalmology- Eyelid/ Adnexal- Dudley Hospitals FT-RNA & Ophthalmology- Lacirmal/ Orbital- Dudley Hospitals FT-RNA ) can be found by entering DY1 2HQ as a the closest search postcode.

    • Whereas Mr Cheung's Sandwell General Hospital clinic services (Adnexal/ Eyelid Service-Ophthalmology- Sandwell Hospital NHS Trust-RXK & Lacrimal/Orbital Service-Ophthalmology-Sandwell Hospital NHS Trust-RXK) can be found by entering B71 4HJ as the closest search postcode

  • I understand that there can be quite a long wait to see you in the NHS. Can I transfer my care to another NHS hospital which has a shorter waiting list?Mr Cheung offers the same clinic profiles at both Sandwell and Russells Hall Hospitals. Therefore your GP may wish to refer you to whichever hospital has the shorter waiting time to see Mr Cheung.
  • Do you offer cosmetic surgery on the NHS?As an NHS Oculoplastic surgeon, Mr Cheung is obliged to follow the guidance and funding policy set by your GP's clinical commissioning group (CCG). Most CCGs have strict criteria and rules about cosmetic surgery and will not fund cosmetic surgery if it is purely for the sake of rejuvenation.

    Mr Cheung is allowed to offer cosmetic surgery though if it is for the for rehabilitation purposes e.g. following chemical burns, thyroid eye disease, skin cancer surgery, etc.

    Different CCGs will have their own policies with different criteria for different conditions and these may alter from year to year.

  • What is the difference between seeing Mr Cheung as a private patient and an NHS Patient?Besides our inability to offer and counsel patients for cosmetic surgery, NHS clinics are often much much busier than private patient clinics, typically have a longer waiting time from referral to appointment and each patient is allocated less time for their appointment.

    Both Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust are teaching trusts, committed to training junior doctors. As such although you may have an appointment to attend Mr Cheung's clinic, please be aware that on occasions, you may end up seeing a junior doctor in training under Mr Cheung's supervision.
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