Cambrian News: Health board slow to act over eye clinic issues

11 January 2018
Source: Cambrian News

THE TESTIMONY in letters to the Cambrian News is bad enough:

Ceredigion patients with  serious eye problems tell of waiting between an extraordinary 10 months and a shocking year-and-a-half to see a consultant at Aberystwyth’s North Road eye clinic.

But the story gets much worse: Wales’s healthcare inspectorate and the Royal National Institute for Blind People say some patients diagnosed with conditions including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts have had to wait so long for an appointment that, in the meantime, they have gone blind.

Vision UK support RNIB Cymru director Ceri Jackson’s warning that people are ’losing their sight due to delayed appointments. It is critical that we address the capacity within hospital eye services to meet current and growing demand. The wait for these issues to be resolved means that people are losing their sight unnecessarily, and that is not acceptable.’

For the full article go to Cambrian News

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