18 December 2019
A national report into ophthalmology services recommends all trusts perform routine cataract surgery in 30 minutes or less, allowing even more patients to have vision-restoring treatment.
Making the best use of hospital theatre time allocated for routine cataract surgery will enable more patients to be treated, and more quickly, according the latest national report from the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.
Cataract patients without complications could also receive their follow-up care closer to home via optometrists in the community, without the need to return to hospital.
The latest GIRFT report – the 10th from the programme – seeks to address the widely-acknowledged challenge of rising demand for ophthalmology services due to an ageing population. Ophthalmology is already one of the busiest specialties in the NHS, carrying out 6% of all operations and booking more than 7.5m outpatient appointments across 120 trusts. Demand is predicted to increase by more than 50% over the next 20 years.
Read the full story and download the report on the GiRFT website