Clearer Pathway for Private Ophthalmology Patients at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital

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Thanks to a £38,000 investment, Ophthalmology patients at Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital now receive gold standard testing all under one roof. The purchase and installation of an Optical Coherence Tomography machine (OCT) for the ophthalmology suite in the Outpatient department means patients no longer need to go elsewhere for scans to diagnose and evaluate a range of eye conditions including macular degeneration and glaucoma. The private patients’ pathway is now seamless for those seeing any one of the hospital’s ophthalmology consultants, with scanning usually able to be done as part of their initial consultation. Prior to this, consultants would have to advise patients where else they could book an OCT scan to be performed before returning to Nuffield Health Ipswich for their assessment and diagnosis to be completed. The service was initially proposed by Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Simon Hardman-Lea (pictured with Hospital Director Ian Milne), and working with the management team and his consultant colleagues, the investment was agreed and along with it, a huge improvement to the pathway for their ophthalmology patients.

Commenting on the new service Ian Milne, Hospital Director, said, “It was far from ideal that our ophthalmology patients attended here for their outpatient consultation, then have to find another provider for an OCT scan, before retuning here to continue their treatment journey. Any service which can make such a tangible benefit to the patient’s experience is a great investment for them”.

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