- Where can I park?
The Lions Eye Institute is located within the grounds of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (also known as the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre – QEIIMC), on the corner of Verdun Street and Gairdner Drive, Nedlands.
The closest parking to the LEI entrance is;
- Underground parking under the new Cancer Centre on Gairdner Drive, located diagonally opposite the institute.
- Visitor parking in the multi-story parking lot, accessible via Winthrop Avenue.
Alternative parking is found along Hospital Avenue, and off Monash Avenue. View our campus maps below for further information.
There are seven 15 minute set down and drop off bays available outside the LEI entrance.
- How much is parking?
All parking within the QEIIMC grounds is paid parking.
Motorcycle parking is free in the multi-deck car park (see above map for directions).
All parking is managed by Wilson Parking. Please call 08 9388 2546 for all parking inquiries.
- Is there any disability parking available at LEI?
Yes, ACROD parking bays are available at several locations near to the Lions Eye Institute and on the QEIIMC campus. Visitor parking fees do apply to all ACROD bays. View our campus maps below which show all ACROD bays.
- LEI campus and parking map (http://www.lei.org.au/pdf/lei_nedlands_map.pdf)
- Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital campus and parking map (http://www.scgh.health.wa.gov.au/pdf/QEIIMC_Map.pdf)
Please call Wilson’s Parking on 08 9388 2546 for all ACROD parking enquiries.
The LEI is accessible to wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available for patient use. Please call our volunteers on 08 9381 0844, during 9.00am – 4.30pm to arrange a collection. If the volunteer desk is unattended please call the LEI reception on 08 9381 0777.
There are seven 15 minute set down and drop off bays available outside the LEI entrance to use when collecting your wheelchair.
- What public transport can I use to get to LEI?
There are plenty of public transport options for visitors to LEI. Download our Public Transport Information page for a full list of the current bus and train routes that run to and from the QEIIMC campus.
Plan your journey – Transperth has a journey planning tool online which you can access yourself.
Timetables and further information are available from the TravelSmart Junction, E Block, Ground Floor, QEIIMC.
Drop in, call 08 9346 2927, or email MCTravelsmart@health.wa.gov.au
The QEIIMC campus has a buggy service ‘Charlies Chariots’ which is available to all patients, and operates between car parks 1 and 5 regularly from 9am to 4pm weekdays.
Call 0481 438 731 to arrange a collection.
- Do I need a referral to see a clinician at the LEI?
Yes all clinicians at the institute require a current referral from either a GP, optometrist or specialist.
- How long does my referral stay current for?
Referral expiry dates vary depending on who has written the referral, it is important to ensure your referral is valid prior to your appointment. Expired referrals will delay your appointment.
See referral timeframes below:
- GP: 12 months
- Optometrist: 12 months
- Specialist: 3 months
If you have any questions regarding your referral and its expiration, please contact your clinician. All clinician contact details are found here: https://www.lei.org.au/contact/bookings/
- How long will my appointment take?
As a general rule, we ask all patients to allow up to three hours for their appointment, this includes parking and waiting times, plus any tests that you may need.
The actual appointment time will vary depending on your medical needs as each appointment is tailored to suit the individual.
A free wi-fi service is available for all patients in the building. There is also a café in the lobby which serves drinks, sandwiches and cakes.
- Am I eligible for a concession or Medicare rebate?
All 16 Lions Eye Institute clinicians operate independently and therefore have different pricing structures. It is best to contact your clinician for information surrounding Medicare rebates and concession discounts, prior to seeing them.
- What is the cost of an appointment with an ophthalmologist?
Since every patient presents with a different set of medical needs, the time of each appointment and the level of assistance required will vary.
It is best to contact your clinicain for an estimated cost prior to seeing them.
- What is the cost of eye surgery?
There are various types of surgical procedures performed at the institute. Since each patient presents with a different set of medical requirements, each treatment is tailored best to suit that person. The cost of any surgery is therefore assessed on each individual case. Please contact your clinician for an estimated cost.
- Can I drive after my eye surgery?
There are many different types of surgical procedures performed at the institute, all with varying recovery time frames. As a general rule it is advisable to arrange a lift to and from your surgery. Many procedures involve the administration of dilating eye drops, and possibly the use of some anesthetic. Therefore it is advisable not to drive after any eye surgery or procedure.
- Can I drive after my eye appointment?
As a general rule, it is advisable to arrange a lift to and from your eye appointment. Some patients, depending on their eye condition, will need to have dilating eye drops administered. It is therefore advisable not to drive after your appointment.
- Is there accommodation available for LEI patients and families?
There are various accommodation options located near to The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) and within the surrounding suburbs. A list of these options are available from the reception desk.
Please note that the institute is not affiliated with any of the properties listed. It is up to patients to arrange their own bookings.
- When can I buy a Lions Club Christmas cake or pudding?
The Lions Club Christmas cakes are available all year round, and the Lions Club Christmas puddings are available between September and December each year. Both cakes and puddings are available from reception. Please note payments are by cash only. Prices are as follows;
- Christmas cake small $13 each
- Christmas cake large $17 each
- Christmas pudding $13 each
All funds go towards the Perth Eye Institute Lions Club.