Eye risk from 'overstretched NHS'

  • 16 Mar 2016

Mary Ann Sherratt, President of the College of Optometrists, has commented in response to todays warning from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists that patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss

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In response to today’s warning from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists that patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss because of under-resourced services, Mary Ann Sherratt, President of the College of Optometrists, said: “Optometrists working in community settings can help alleviate the pressure being experienced in hospital eye departments but service organisation and provision will need to incorporate a range of professions working together, and be different, depending on the locality.

“We are working closely with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and other organisations in the sector through the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, to develop different service models for CCGs to commission the best services for the patients in their areas, and to ensure that optometrists are able to do more within their skill set. However, for new solutions to be sustainable, optometrists in the community must be connected electronically to the rest of the NHS, to allow swift referral and communication between experts. Improved IT systems will also enable better data collection, so that new services can be monitored for cost-effectiveness and improved as time goes on.” 

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

  1. The College of Optometrists is the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit. Supporting its 14,000 members in all aspects of professional development, the College provides pre-registration training and assessment, continuous professional development opportunities, and advice and guidance on professional conduct and standards, enabling our members to serve their patients well and contribute to the wellbeing of local communities. 

 

 

 

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