Monday, 31 March 2014

Eye Clinic Good News

The hospital Board has approved the Business Case for a new Eye clinic. This is good news. Building work will start in the Summer and, although this will cause some inconvenience, all should be completed by the end of the year. The new clinic will involve filling  in the open courtyard to the left of the existing area to create more consulting rooms and rooms for eye tests and a much expanded and better waiting area. There will be more nurses and support staff and another consultant. When I was elected a governor the first thing I did was visit the Eye Clinic and talk to patients because I knew the conditions and the length of waits were unacceptable. I wrote a report to the Chief Executive at that time and so I am particularly pleased to see that this poor service to patients is being so positively addressed. Meanwhile the hospital continues to try and improve services within existing conditions and patients tell me that things are better.

The hospital. is to hold a series of Patient Forums for the Eye Clinic to keep everybody up to speed. The first, which I attended on 27 March, was very good. There was not a good turn out from patients but hopefully that will change to reward the staff for their efforts.

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