Mr Michael Briggs MBChB (University of Glasgow), FRCS (Ed, Ophth)
Special clinical interests: Cataract and minor eyelid surgery
Acute (emergency) ophthalmology
Laser treatment of retinal disease (diabetic retinopathy/retinal vein occlusion)
Treatment of retinal disease with anti-VEGF agents (Lucentis & Avastin) and intravitreal steroid implant (Ozurdex)
Research interests: Treatment of macular oedema secondary to retinal vein occlusion with ant-VEGF agents and steroid implant (Ozurdex).
Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Year of first medical qualification: 1986
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
I have expertise in acute (emergency) ophthalmology, general ophthalmology, cataract and minor eyelid surgery and the medical treatment of retinal disease (this includes injections into the eye (Lucentis or Avastin) for the wet type of age related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease and either injections (Lucentis or Avastin) or steroid implant (Ozurdex) for retinal vein occlusion and also laser treatment to the back of the eye.
My practice at Spire Liverpool Hospital reflects my practice at St Paul’s Eye Unit where my biggest commitment is to the emergency / new patient clinic at St Paul’s (Primary Care Clinic). As a consequence I am used to dealing with patients who present with a wide variety of symptoms.
I undertake treatment of those diseases, which are within my expertise and refer on to a colleague with the necessary specialist expertise if necessary, for example, those that require retinal surgery.
My medical retina practice is supported by a very comprehensive imaging service at Spire Liverpool Hospital, which minimises the interval from diagnosis to treatment in, for example, the wet type of macular degeneration.
I have a regular once per week outpatient clinic at Spire Liverpool Hospital. I see new patients referred either by their general practitioner or their optometrist, there are one or two new patient slots on each of my clinics so that requests to see new patients can always be accommodated within two weeks and I am perfectly happy for new urgent cases to be added to the end of the clinic if necessary.
I am originally from Glasgow and obtained my medical degree at the University of Glasgow in 1986. My early medical training was predominantly in Glasgow but the majority of my training in Ophthalmology has been at St Paul’s Eye Unit and I was appointed to a consultant post there in 2001.
I am married to a doctor and we have four children, the eldest of whom is also now training to be a doctor. Our home is in Crosby, Liverpool.
Outside of medicine and my family my interests are predominantly of a sporting nature, I take part in triathlons, marathons and other shorter distance road races. I also play golf regularly and occasionally tennis or squash.