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Eye patients benefit from shorter waiting times at North Devon District Hospital

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: November 03, 2012

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Waiting times for eye patients at North Devon District Hospital have been slashed by 15 minutes over the past two years, according to an external review.

The figures were revealed following a review into the Trust’s Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (WAMD) service.

They revealed waiting times for patients undergoing intravitreal injections (IVI) into the eye had been slashed from an average of 35 minutes in February 2010 to 10 minutes in May 2012.

Procedure times have also been reduced after NDDH introduced a ‘two-stop’ service in October last year, meaning people now have two shorter appointments as opposed to one longer one.

Achim Nestel, consultant ophthalmologist, said: “Previously we didn’t know which percentage of patients would turn out to need an injection on the day.

“Therefore, it was hard to foresee the workload and we couldn’t use our workforce to its full capacity.”

“The change to a ‘two-stop’ service ensures patients’ appointments are shorter and the delay in their follow-up appointment is less and we can ultimately offer this service to more patients.”

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