Cataract and YAG referrals

In the area covered by the confederation, the best way to make a cataract referral is directly via the Opera platform. This allows easier selection of patient choice, a fee for the practice and the possibility of post-op in the practice which also attracts a fee (depending on provider).  For more information about the scheme please email 

for Opera help please email

Or please click here  if you wish to join the Heart of West Midlands Scheme. 

Safety Netting

It is good practice to ask the patient to contact your practice if they haven’t heard in the expected time frame and document this on your record. If a patient contacts you then you should endeavour to chase the referral with the hospital. Contact details for each hospital are available by clicking on the relevant local provider below.

Waiting times

Some information on waiting times is available on this page

Local Providers

You can select from the following NHS cataract surgery providers in the area:

SpaMedica  at sites in Birmingham, Wolverhampton or Solihull (also accepts YAG referrals)

Nuffield, Wolverhampton No YAG

New Cross, Wolverhampton (also accepts YAG referrals)

Walsall Manor (also accepts YAG referrals)

Russells Hall, Dudley (also accepts YAG referrals)

Stourside Hospital, Stourbridge No YAG

SWB trust at BMEC(Birmingham) (also accepts YAG referrals)

The Westbourne Centre (Edgbaston, Birmingham) NO YAG

UHB at Heartlands(Bordesley Green), Solihull, Queen Elizabeth(Selly Oak) and Good Hope(Sutton Coldfield) (also accepts YAG referrals)

Midland Eye (Solihull) (also accepts YAG referrals)

Optegra (Central Birmingham) (also accepts YAG referrals)

NewMedica (Aston Cross, Birmingham) (also accepts YAG referrals)

ACES (Central Birmingham)