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Patients Information

The information provided in this website is for patient education. Therefore, always check with your health care professionals, if you have concerns about your condition or treatment.

Before Consultation

What to bring for the first consultation?

  • Referral letter (if you have one).
  • Previous records of optician visits and refraction.
  • If you have private insurance, please bring your insurance number and code.

How do I get referred or book an appointment?

Mr Ellabban can see referrals from General Practitioners (GP), opticians and other specialists. Also, you can self-refer if you want an opinion about your eye condition.

For all queries, you can contact my secretary via telephone or email.

You can book online via the following link or email Mr Ellabban

Eye Examination | Mr Ellabban

Where does Mr Ellabban Consult?

Spire Hesslewood Clinic
Hesslewood Country Office Park Ferriby Rd, Nightingale House, Hessle HU13 0QF

Preparing for surgery

What type of anaesthesia I would have?

With modern technology, most eye treatments are performed under local anaesthetic. However, some patients prefer to have a general anaesthetic for their surgery. The decision will depend on the patient’s choice and overall general health and suitability. It is something that will be discussed with you during your initial appointment. The anaesthetic options are:

  • Topical anaesthetic (only numbing drops): Mr Ellabban performs most cataract procedures under topical anaesthetic. Few drops of anaesthetics are instilled into the eye and surgery can be performed with ease and comfort.
  • Local anaesthetic (small injection of anaesthetic around the eye). This is often used for retinal surgery. Initially, the eye is numbed with some anaesthetic drops, then a small injection of the anaesthetic solution is administered around the eye.
  • General anaesthetic: In this type, you will be put to sleep during the surgery with the help of an anaesthetist. This option is often not required for most eye surgeries and often reserved for selective inductions or as per patient request.

Should I stop my medication?

Before the surgery, it is important to take your regular medications as you were instructed by your doctor. It is advisable to bring your list of medications on the day of the surgery. If you have any concern about any medication, you can check with Mr Ellabban and his team during the initial consultation.

In most situations, eye surgery doesn’t require any change in medication prior to the surgery as most procedures are performed under topical or local anaesthetics. However, in the case of general anaesthesia, the anaesthetist will check all your medication and give an advice in this regard.

How long I will need to stay at the hospital?

You will be asked to come, usually 1 hour, before the surgery for the pre-assessment and checks. Most cataract and retinal surgeries are performed under local anaesthetic as a day surgery, where you can go home after the surgery, unless you were instructed otherwise. In some situations, some patients may prefer to stay overnight for various reasons.  We recommend that you discuss that with the team in advance in case if any arrangement to be made for you.

Self funding & Insured

Insured patients

Mr Ellabban is approved by most major insurance companies and is fee assured, meaning that patients will not have to pay any additional charges for routine procedures.

  • Bupa
  • Vitality
  • Helix
  • CS Healthcare
  • AXA
  • Atena
  • The Exeter
  • Simply Health
  • WPA
  • Cigna
  • Freedom Health
  • PHC


The cost of consultations and treatments are available on request. Please contact for further details

Explanation of fees

The fees are broken down into these 3 main components:

  • Hospital Fee: The hospital costs of the procedure include medication, consumables, theatre and nursing care charges.
  • Surgeon Fee: The fee charged by the surgeon for performing your operation.
  • Anaesthetic Fee: The fee charged by the anaesthetist for administering your anaesthetic and includes the pre-anaesthetic assessment on the day of surgery.

Insured patients who have an excess on their policy will usually be responsible for paying if any excess. You are advised to confirm this with their insurance company.

Surgery & Treatments