Mr Achim Nestel


MRCOphth, PhD

GMC number: 6059210

Practising since: 1999


Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Surgery

Consultation times

  • Mondays weekly
  • Friday PM alternate weeks
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Mr Nestel is a full time NHS Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in Cataract Surgery, Medical Retina & Uveitis. He graduated from Heidelberg University [Germany] in 1999 and completed his PhD equivalent in Immunology in a joint venture between Heidelberg University and The Mayo Clinic [Rochester, USA] with first class honours. He trained as a Specialist Registrar at the University of Mannheim and then completed a series of fellowships in Glaucoma, Medical Retina and Uveitis in Cheltenham, Cardiff and Bristol before being appointed to a permanent NHS Consultant post at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple in 2009. He was awarded several clinical excellence awards by the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust in 2011, 2013 and 2015 for leading a high quality service and contributing to the NHS through research and innovation as well as teaching and training. His 360 degree patient feedback is consistently excellent and stands at 5.8/6.0 in 2023. He holds a certificate of

 standardised ophthalmic ultrasound which enables him to detect abnormalities behind the eyeball. His surgical complication rate is very low at 0.2%.

Special interests

Cataract Surgery, Wet age-related macular degeneration, Medical Retina & Uveitis

Languages spoken

English, German

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Achim Nestel at Nuffield Health

  • Cataract Surgery

Locations Mr Achim Nestel works with

Related experience



  • Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Member of the German Association of Ophthalmologists

Other posts held

  • North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Insurers Mr Achim Nestel works with

Mr Achim Nestel works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • The Exeter Friendly
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Mr Achim Nestel does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Achim Nestel does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Achim Nestel does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.