New Glaucoma Monitoring Service Will Help Prevent Vision Loss and Blindness

Dorking Healthcare (DHC) has announced that it is launching a new Glaucoma Monitoring Service for patients in Dorking, Epsom and East Elmbridge.  The early detection and treatment of glaucoma is crucial to prevent the loss of vision, from a condition that is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK.1

On average, a person diagnosed with glaucoma will have one new outpatient appointment, accompanied by 40 follow-up visits.2  Importantly, this new service will enable more patients to benefit from being managed closer to home.  Dr Stewart Tomlinson, DHC Medical Director, commented “While we cannot cure glaucoma, loss of sight impacts on a patient’s quality of life and independence. Significantly, the new glaucoma monitoring service will help to stop, or slow down further vision loss.”

The ability to monitor glaucoma requires an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine. The purchase of an OCT machine was made possible by a donation of £45,000 from the Friends of Dorking Hospital. Michael Arnaud, DHC CEO, stated, “Without this significant donation, it would have been very challenging to procure the new glaucoma service. This is yet another demonstration of the pivotal role that the Friends of Dorking Hospital have played in increasing the number and variety of outpatient-based clinical services provided by DHC.” David Draper of the Friends of Dorking Hospital said, “This donation is part of The Friends of Dorking Hospital’s continuing commitment to enhancing patient experience at the hospital.  The new glaucoma service will ensure more patients will be treated in a community setting and we look forward to being able to continue to do this in the future.”

References:

1 Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

2 The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning publish NICE accredited guidance on commissioning glaucoma services

 

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