Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

West Suffolk: Pioneering project by West Suffolk Hospital takes eye care out to the communities

14:09 08 April 2014

Newmarket patient Frank Billam with Stuart McGill, head orthoptist from West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Newmarket patient Frank Billam with Stuart McGill, head orthoptist from West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Archant

Eye patients in Sudbury and Newmarket can have expert assessments closer to home after West Suffolk Hospital became the country’s first to use specialist diagnostic equipment in the community.

shares

The new initiative has seen the hospital launch an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scanning service for patients with a range of conditions that need regular monitoring, including age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Instead of having to travel to Bury St Edmunds for monthly checks, patients can now access the scans at Walnuttree and Newmarket Hospitals. The results will determine how often they need to come to the main hospital for treatment.

The service has been made possible after West Suffolk purchased two state-of-the-art Zeiss Cirrus 600 diagnostic machines with a £114,000 medical equipment grant from Novartis.

Around 50 patients a month are already benefitting, with that number expected to increase during the summer. James Butcher, operational manager for head and neck specialities at the hospital, said: “The whole project ties in closely with our philosophy of providing care closer to home and, where possible, sees us taking services to the patient rather than the other way around.

“Patients in the Newmarket and Sudbury areas would previously have had their condition monitored through regular trips to the hospital, sometimes as often as once a month.

“Many of our patients who have these conditions are older, so to come into Bury to the hospital so often could be a burden for those living further afield.

“Now images can be taken at much more convenient locations and either viewed by a consultant on site or sent back to West Suffolk to be reviewed remotely in a virtual clinic. We hope the new service will save them time while reducing waiting lists by increasing the number of patients we are able to see.”

Over the coming months, the hospital also hopes to start offering treatment in Sudbury and Newmarket, further reducing the need for patients to travel.

shares

0 comments

The thatched house in Langham which was badly damaged by a fire.

A blaze at a thatched cottage in a village near the Suffolk/Essex border tackled by firefighters for around seven hours overnight has left a family homeless.

Gena Moore from Nelson’s Journey with Simon and Anne Beckett-Allen of Rosedale Funeral Home

A funeral home with branches in north Suffolk has continued its support for local bereaved children by commissioning a doll’s house style church to help support workers explain what happens at a funeral.

Felixstowe Road Runners

Runners from Suffolk and Essex will once again be flocking to the Capital, this weekend, to take part in the 35th staging of the London Marthon.

Man wanted in connection with a burglary at Playford Court in Sudbury

CCTV images of a man wanted over thefts from properties at sheltered housing complexes in Sudbury.

Cyclists taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride for children's charity Action Medical Research in 2012

More than 1,300 cyclists are expected to line up for the start of a fundraising ride through the Suffolk countryside in just over a fortnight.

MRSA rates revealed

Drastic measures to tackle potentially life-threatening bugs have significantly reduced outbreaks in our hospitals, an investigation has found.

Police remain outside The Bull pub in Haverhill after an earlier stabbing.

A man was stabbed in Haverhill in the early hours of this morning.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Doughty-Wylie

A Victoria Cross recipient credited with turning defeat into victory at Gallipoli will be honoured in his home village this weekend – 100 years after he died in battle.

Julie Myerson

It was World Book Night this week. We asked some of our favourite local authors for the three books they’d most want on a desert island. Would you choose the ones they did?

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans

Ipswich Town’s Supporters Club has said it is “great news” that owner Marcus Evans’ wealth has gone up almost 10% – to £765million.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages