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New Ophthalmology Treatment Suite at Solihull Hospital hopes to transform care for eye patients

Published on 17/04/2024

Colleagues celebrate the opening of the Ophthalmology Treatment Suite
Colleagues celebrate the opening of the Ophthalmology Treatment Suite

A new clinical area has opened at Solihull Hospital today (17 April), which will treat patients with a range of eye conditions, in much larger and improved treatment space.

The increased capacity provided by the new Ophthalmology Treatment Suite will mean more timely access to treatment for patients with eye conditions such as wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetes and retinal vein occlusion.

Isobel Ford, who received her 130th injection for AMD in the Ophthalmology Treatment Suite this morning, was invited to cut the ribbon and open the facility.

Isobel said: “I have been using the service since 2010, so it’s like a home away from home. The new Ophthalmology Treatment Suite is wonderful. From a patient point of view, I felt very relaxed, and the unit is more spacious and cooler in temperature than the previous room - which will be a huge advantage in the summer.”

Long-standing patient, Isobelle Ford, cuts the ribbon in front of the new unit.
Long-standing patient, Isobel Ford, cuts the ribbon in front of the new unit

Andrew Clements, Director of Operations for Solihull Hospital and Out-of-Hospital Services, added: “The opening of the Ophthalmology Treatment Suite means that patients can expect improved access to timely treatment and a better patient experience.

“This is a significant improvement in our ophthalmology service, which reflects our commitment to delivering the best possible care to our local communities.”

Diane Brotherton, General Manager for Ophthalmology, added: “I am thrilled and extremely proud of the Ophthalmology Team on the opening of the Ophthalmology Treatment Suite. I would like to thank everyone, including our industry partners, for their valued contribution in bringing this to fruition.”

Jane Waller, Lead Macular Nurse, said: As medical advancements continue to evolve, and with an ageing population, it is imperative that we future proof the service to meet the needs of our patients.

The ability to administer intravitreal (eye) injections in a timely manner not only preserves sight, but also prevents potential complications, such as falls. This minimises the risks to our patients and also alleviates demands on healthcare resources.

Alongside delivering enhanced patient care, the Ophthalmology Treatment Suite will also provide staff with an improved working environment from which they can deliver the service.

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