26th November 2013 – Better facilities for Airedale patients with eye problems
Patients with eye conditions will now benefit from a better environment and service following a refurbishment at Airedale Hospital.
Those patients with age related macular degeneration (AMD), which sometimes causes blindness, can now be treated on site without having to travel to Bradford or Leeds.
The suite within outpatients, formerly used by neurophysiology, has been made fit for purpose to host macular clinics on site alongside clinics for other common eye conditions such as diabetic retinal screening (DRS), cataracts and glaucoma.
It includes two treatment areas, a recovery area and eye testing equipment. The plan is to expand to other opthalmology services and treatments in the future and members of the nursing team have undergone extra training.
Brenda Emsley, outpatient Sister at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Local people with age-related macular degeneration need to visit clinics regularly for treatment, and now we have the facilities to care for them closer to their homes, which is particularly useful with a growing ageing population.”
The Trust’s ophthalmology service is provided by jointly appointed and visiting consultants from Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT) and more outpatient appointments are now available.
It has been estimated that there are around 160 patients on the Bradford Macular Service Database with an Airedale catchment postcode.