Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
6 weeks 2 weeks
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.

Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.

Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common and quickest surgical procedures. It involves the removal of the lens in the eye because it has become cloudy, or is causing blurry or misty vision. The lens is replaced with an artificial lens, which is bespoke according to the visual needs of each patient.


This term covers a wide range of surgical procedures that treat conditions of the eyelids, tear ducts and tissues surrounding the eyes. Local NHS Commissioner funding is required prior to referral for these procedures.

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Please note: this form does not start the referral process – ask your GP to refer you to us if this is your choice. This form can be used to enquire about being referred to us or request further information about a treatment.