New ophthalmology clinic opens in Swindon

Posted: October 27, 2014

State-of-the-art eye clinic opened at Eldene Surgery in Swindon

A state-of-the-art eye clinic run by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has opened at Eldene Surgery in Swindon giving eye patients more choice and access to a new service. 

The new clinic which opened to patients on 02 October shows the Trust's commitment to ophthalmology services in Swindon. The improvements come after the Trust Board approved a £1.6 million investment to provide 28 more clinics a week to meet the high local demand. 

Staff are delighted with the new clinic which has all the latest equipment and will offer general eye clinics, as well as treatment for Glaucoma patients and an Oculoplastics service which offers operations involving the eye lids, socket or eye ball. 

Nick Smith, Project Manager for Ophthalmology, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:  "We are slowly expanding our ophthalmology services to meet the high demand and this new clinic is one of the first major steps to developing our service. Having a clinic in the local community means patients can receive the same high quality of care in a more convenient and comfortable setting."

Existing and emergency patients are still being treated at the Great Western Hospital, however since January new Swindon patients have been being referred elsewhere for treatment, until the Trust can increase staffing and the number of clinics. New Swindon patients are currently being referred for treatment to Cheltenham, Cirencester, Bristol or Oxford.

The Trust is working closely with Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group to monitor demand and it is hoped that the service at the Great Western Hospital will eventually open to new patients again in the future.

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