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Specialist surgical services

Panch Day Surgery Centre is specifically equipped for surgical procedures that require more specialised care than is offered in an outpatient clinic but does not require an overnight stay.


Procedure examples include:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Laser assisted cataract surgery
  • Oculoplastics
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Corneal surgery

Our doctors

  • Dr Uday Bhatt


    Dr Bhatt is an experienced cataract and corneal ophthalmologist. He specialises in cataract surgery (including laser cataract surgery and intraocular lenses) and also treats the full range of corneal conditions, including keratoconus, pterygium and recurrent corneal erosions. His areas of special interest include collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and the latest techniques in corneal transplantation and grafting.

  • Dr Rahul Chakrabarti


    Dr Chakrabarti is a general ophthalmologist who completed his medical training at Monash University and ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He is dedicated to delivering comprehensive management of general eye diseases including cataract, pterygium, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Dr Chakrabarti can perform intra-vitreal injections, as well as laser for glaucoma and retinal conditions.

  • Dr Lisa Farber


    Dr Farber is a general ophthalmologist with an interest in cataract and pterygium surgery. In addition to Panch Day Surgery Centre, she also works at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital as a consultant ophthalmologist.

  • Dr Ian Hurley


    Dr Hurley’s areas of interest include cataract surgery and glaucoma management, including drainage surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). Dr Hurley trained as an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He completed a glaucoma fellowship at Cambridge University, and studied ophthalmic pathology at Duke University.

  • Dr Alex Ioannidis


    Dr Ioannidis is a comprehensive anterior segment surgeon, with extensive experience in the treatment of cataracts, corneal conditions and glaucoma. He offers his patients both conventional and laser cataract surgery, and is an expert in complex cataract surgery in patients with pre-existing corneal diseases and glaucoma.

  • Dr Nima Pakrou


    Dr Pakrou is an experienced ophthalmologist with expertise across a range of conditions. His subspecialties include medical retina, cataract surgery (including complex cataract surgery), eyelid (lacrimal) surgery and intraocular inflammation. He completed his initial training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and his subspecialty training in the UK.

  • Dr Zelda Pick


    Dr Pick is an ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon, with a particular interest in all forms of eyelid surgery, lacrimal surgery for watery eyes, orbital conditions and cataract surgery. She holds a public hospital appointment in the Orbito Plastic and Lacrimal specialty unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, as well as being a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons.

  • Dr Christolyn Raj


    Dr Raj is a Melbourne-trained ophthalmologist. One of her subspecialty areas is cataracts and laser-assisted cataract surgery, having worked closely with those who pioneered this technique in Australia during her post-fellowship years. Dr Raj is also highly experienced in the treatment of retinal disease including age-related maculopathy, diabetes and retinal vein occlusion.

  • Dr Marc Sarossy


    Dr Sarossy is a general ophthalmologist and visual electrophysiologist. He works at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear electrophysiology lab and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at RMIT University, working in the biosignals lab. In addition to Panch Day Surgery Centre, he also operates at John Fawkner Hospital, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Victoria Parade Surgery Centre.

  • Dr Hakki Semerli


    Dr Semerli’s main interest is in cataract surgery using the latest techniques and lens implantation, including astigmatism correction. He also has a committed interest in pterygium and eyelid treatment including eyelid reduction surgery (blepharoplasty), as well as treating general ophthalmic conditions. He is fluent in English and Turkish.

  • Dr Michael Shiu


    Dr Shiu is extensively trained in the medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma, having completed subspecialty training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He has significant expertise in cataract surgery, refractive surgery and the treatment of general eye conditions. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

  • Dr Mei Tan


    Dr Tan is an experienced vitreo-retinal surgeon and medical retina specialist. She diagnoses and treats all retinal conditions and performs complex vitreo-retinal operations including all forms of macular surgery, diabetic vitrectomy and retinal detachment repairs. She is also a highly skilled cataract surgeon and frequently combines cataract and retinal operations.

  • Prof Rasik Vajpayee


    Prof Vajpayee is a highly respected cataract surgeon with expertise in laser cataract surgery and complex cataract surgery for patients with co-occurring eye conditions. Prof Vajpayee also specialises in corneal surgery and corneal transplantations. In addition, he performs laser eye surgery for vision correction.

  • Dr Bob Wang


    Dr Wang is a highly skilled cataract surgeon and treats glaucoma with medications, laser and surgery. He also has significant experience managing age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular diseases. Dr Wang holds public appointments at several prominent Melbourne hospitals. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  • Dr Heathcote Wright


    Dr Wright undertook his residency in North Queensland before completing a PhD with Professor Hugh Taylor AC at the University of Melbourne. After his ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 2011, Dr Wright completed a fellowship in glaucoma surgery at Bristol Eye Hospital.

Dedicated to providing the highest level of care and service

Panch Day Surgery Centre aims to exceed the expectations of our patients, their families and our surgeons. We are a stand-alone facility with two state-of-the-art theatres backed by a team of professionals specialising in operating theatre nursing and infection control.

Theatre nurse in discussion with patientPatient in discussion with Panch staff

Designed with a modern, contemporary feel, Panch Day Surgery Centre is the only one of its kind in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. With sweeping views and lots of natural light, you will be met with every comfort during your short stay with us.

We are located in the Corporate One building within the Bell City Complex, giving us access to a wide range of facilities including 600 car park spaces, cafes and restaurants. Panch Day Surgery Centre has secured a special rate with the Mantra hotel in Bell City, should an overnight stay be required.

Having the very latest in technology would be nothing without our commitment to personalised service. Our staff excels in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each and every person who walks through our doors.

The Panch Day Surgery Centre team wants to not only meet, but to exceed the expectations of our patients, their families and our surgeons.

Panch Day Surgery Centre is a part of Vision Hospital Group, an established operator of numerous day surgeries in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Vision Hospital Group’s longstanding experience in running specialist healthcare facilities, together with its recognised quality management systems, helps to ensure optimal outcomes for all patients.

Learn about our values >

Fully accredited

Panch Day Surgery Centre is licensed with VIC Health.

We are also accredited to ISO 9001 Quality Management Standards and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Quality statement

In accordance with our values, Panch Day Surgery Centre endeavours to provide the highest level of customer service and optimise outcomes for our patients.

We achieve this by implementing quality management systems that meet the requirements of the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standards, as well as the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Standards in our day surgeries.

Accreditation to these standards involves:

  • Compliance with the relevant Australian and professional standards, legislations and regulations
  • A focus on continuous improvement
  • Partnering with consumers to maximise customer satisfaction with the services provided
  • Establishment of governance and reporting structures
  • Best clinical practice that aims to maximise outcomes, safety and comfort for our patients
  • Staff education and training in patient-centred care.

Panch Day Surgery Centre implements a patient-centred care approach to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes for our patients.

Panch Day Surgery Centre strives to achieve good corporate governance through effective risk management in a controlled and appropriate manner.

Quality management

ISO 9001 is one of the most recognisable international standards for quality management – certification indicates that an organisation’s service or product meets a certain level of quality. ISO 9001 is the standard accepted by all private health funds.

The Australian NSQHS Standards were developed to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of health care.

At Panch Day Surgery Centre, you can rest assured that you are in the very best of hands.

In safe hands

In safe hands logo (rest assured you're in safe hands)As Australia’s largest private ophthalmology provider, our aim is to deliver world-class eye care to patients by focusing on the quality and safety of our services. We promise to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your medical care by focusing on three key areas: infection control, emotional safety and wellbeing and a commitment to quality – you can download our ‘In safe hands’ program outline here.

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Patient safety

As a registered healthcare service, antimicrobial control is a critical part of our successful operation. Antimicrobial stewardship, together with infection prevention/control and hand hygiene, is a key strategy at Panch Day Surgery Centre to encourage safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials, reduce patient harm and decrease the incidence of resistance.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has identified improved healthcare worker hand hygiene as the highest priority area to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. Panch Day Surgery Centre staff adhere to a rigorous, facility-wide hand hygiene program that is compliant with Hand Hygiene Australia. We also exceed the national average as given by the National Hand Hygiene Initiative.

General Manager – Day Hospitals, Vision Hospital Group

Claire Fogarty

T 03 8844 4000
E[email protected]

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