• Clinical Resources

  • Ophthalmology

    There is no funded oncall ophthalmology service in Bendigo. The private ophthalmologists at the Bendigo Eye Clinic and at Eye Surgeons Bendigo will generally bulk bill patients referred for urgent review from the ED. Bendigo Eye Clinic has a track record of providing prompt follow-up whenever possible for patients from the Bendigo ED. Eye Surgeons Bendigo is a new clinic which is looking to increase its patient base. This link from Bendigo Day Surgery provides details of all the ophthalmologists in town.

    Absolute Emergencies

    Please discuss all referrals with the ED senior before you make any calls. Eye emergencies needing immediate attention can be discussed with Peter Burt via his mobile via switch. If he has not responded within 30 minutes then please ring the Eye and Ear Hospital (9929 8666). Please email dbadcock@bendigohealth.org.au if there are any "issues" arising from this arrangement.

    Mr Peter Burt and The Bendigo Eye Clinic

    Mr Peter Burt is a local long term ophthalmologist who lives in Bendigo and who provides a de facto on call service. He consults at The Bendigo Eye Clinic which is just around the corner from the ED on 144 Arnold Street, Phone 5441 1622. There are 4 other ophthalmologists who consult at the practice. Every effort is made to cover the Bendigo referral region but clearly this is not always possible by one person for emergencies.

    There is a commitment from the The Bendigo Eye Clinic to see semi-urgent ED patients the next day if an ophthalmologist opinion is warranted and the patient can wait. If it is already within business hours the patient can be referred immediately to the clinic. The practice manager will make sure they are seen.

    Most ED patients referred to the clinic are bulk billed. If they happen to be billed privately the cost is $99 for an initial consultation of which they get $70 back from medicare. Tell the patient to call the clinic first thing in the morning - they usually open at 8am.

    Give the patient the referral as well as fax the referral to the clinic on FAX 5441 8382. The clinic does prefer email referrals on This email address bec@netcon.net.au but this is not always possible in the ED.

    Minor/Routine Cases

    Minor and routine cases such as uncomplicated minor corneal injury can be reviewed the next day by the GP or be brought back to the ED depending on the patients relationship with their GP. If you cannot ensure this please have a very low threshold to bring them back to the ED or to follow them up in the eye clinic.

    Eye Assessment

    It is expected that all patients with eye complaints will have gross vision, visual accuity (3m Snellen chart is in fast track), eye movements and, where possible, slit lamp examination documented. Fundoscopy may also be required and the ED now has a panoophthalmoscope for this purpose in the drug room.

  • Ophthalmology

    There is no funded oncall ophthalmology service in Bendigo. The private ophthalmologists at the Bendigo Eye Clinic and at Eye Surgeons Bendigo will generally bulk bill patients referred for urgent review from the ED. Bendigo Eye Clinic has a track record of providing prompt follow-up whenever possible for patients from the Bendigo ED. Eye Surgeons Bendigo is a new clinic which is looking to increase its patient base. This link from Bendigo Day Surgery provides details of all the ophthalmologists in town.

    Absolute Emergencies

    Please discuss all referrals with the ED senior before you make any calls. Eye emergencies needing immediate attention can be discussed with Peter Burt via his mobile via switch. If he has not responded within 30 minutes then please ring the Eye and Ear Hospital (9929 8666). Please email dbadcock@bendigohealth.org.au if there are any "issues" arising from this arrangement.

    Mr Peter Burt and The Bendigo Eye Clinic

    Mr Peter Burt is a local long term ophthalmologist who lives in Bendigo and who provides a de facto on call service. He consults at The Bendigo Eye Clinic which is just around the corner from the ED on 144 Arnold Street, Phone 5441 1622.  There are 4 other ophthalmologists who consult at the practice. Every effort is made to cover the Bendigo referral region but clearly this is not always possible by one person for emergencies.

    There is a commitment from the The Bendigo Eye Clinic to see semi-urgent ED patients the next day if an ophthalmologist opinion is warranted and the patient can wait.  If it is already within business hours the patient can be referred immediately to the clinic. The practice manager will make sure they are seen.

    Most ED patients referred to the clinic are bulk billed.  If they happen to be billed privately the cost is $99 for an initial consultation of which they get $70 back from medicare. Tell the patient to call the clinic first thing in the morning - they usually open at 8am.

    Give the patient the referral as well as fax the referral to the clinic on FAX 54418382. The clinic does prefer email referrals on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">bec@netcon.net.au but this is not always possible in the ED.

    Minor/Routine Cases

    Minor and routine cases such as uncomplicated minor corneal injury can be reviewed the next day by the GP or be brought back to the ED depending on the patients relationship with their GP. If you cannot ensure this please have a very low threshold to bring them back to the ED or to follow them up in the eye clinic.

    Eye Assessment

    It is expected that all patients with eye complaints will have gross vision, visual accuity (3m Snellen chart is in fast track), eye movements and, where possible, slit lamp examination documented. Fundoscopy may also be required and the ED now has a panoophthalmoscope for this purpose in the drug room.