Probably about 70% of Mr Cheung’s patients live outside the West Midlands area. Indeed about 20% live abroad.
Mr Cheung often sees patients with quite complex eyelid problems e.g. patients requesting revisional eyelid surgery, patients wanting bespoke cosmetic eyelid surgery. Thus many patients come quite a distance to see him, rather than a general ophthalmologist or general plastic surgeon.
Mr Cheung normally runs regular clinics for consultation on:
• Wednesday (7am-1pm) at the Edgbaston Eye Consultants clinic in central Birmingham. Telephone: 0121 456 3444
• Wednesday & Saturday mornings (8am - 1pm) at the Westbourne Centre in central Birmingham 0121 456 8140
• Saturday mornings (8am - 1pm) at the BMI Priory Hospital in central Birmingham 0121 446 1670 & 07875 308121
Most patients living outside Birmingham prefer to see Mr Cheung at one of the central Birmingham locations. These are all approximately 10mins by taxi from Birmingham New Street Train station and 45 minutes taxi from Birmingham International Airport.
Currently 30% of Mr Cheung’s patients are from London: many of whom commute for their morning appointments by train, to arrive back home just around lunchtime.
Patients attending for eyelid problems rarely need to have dilating drops instilled during their consultation and are therefore usually fine to drive.
Look at the calendar above to check when a clinic is being held.
From August 2021, Mr Cheung's clinics for consultation will be on:
Mr Cheung’s operating lists are typically start in the morning and last until early afternoon. Most patients arrive on the day of the surgery about 30mins prior to their planned surgery slot, have their operation and then go home about 30-60 mins following surgery.
Less commonly patients book a hotel nearby for the night before and night of the actual operation. This is usually for convenience’s sake so that the commute is less rushed but Mr Cheung is quite happy for patients to commute back and forth on the day of their surgery.
Local Anaesthetic Surgery
Most patients undergo their surgery under local anaesthetic due to its lower costs and convenience. Patients often commute by public transport or are driven to the hospital by friends or family. For some smaller procedures Mr Cheung is happy for the patient themselves to drive and attend accompanied. For safety reasons, the hospitals where Mr Cheung operates may insist on patients attending accompanied for their surgery.
Twilight Sedation Surgery
Patients can request for an anaesthetist at extra cost to be present during the operation to administer sedation. Following intravenous sedation though, patients may have slightly slower reactions and are therefore advised not to drive nor operate machinery for 24 hours afterwards. They should attend hospital for their operation accompanied by a friend or family and can commute by public transport or be driven by car.