Reopening of Shropshire eye treatment services welcomed
The planned reopening of eye treatment services to new referrals in Shropshire has been welcomed by health commissioners.
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s ophthalmology department temporarily suspended referrals for glaucoma last year, as well as general and adult squint referrals, in order to clear a backlog and reduce waiting times.
SaTH is now expected to be able to take new glaucoma and general ophthalmology referrals from April 1 after recruiting ophthalmologists.
Dr Julian Povey, chairman of Shropshire clinical commissioning group, which will be asked to support the reopening of the services during a meeting tomorrow, has welcomed the news.
He said: "It's a positive thing. It's good to have them reopening the service, getting new doctors and getting the current doctors trained up a bit more."
Adult squint surgery services are also expected to reopen to new patients later this year, once a consultant gets additional training.
Dr Julie Davies, director of performance and delivery at Shropshire CCG, said they would be keeping a close eye on service demand in the future.
Ophthalmology deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system.
The ophthalmology service has been under considerable pressure for a number of years, with staffing being one of the challenges.