The Way Forward | how to meet the increasing demand in ophthalmic services

The increasing demand for hospital eye services (HES) is not being met and continues
to grow – currently seeing nearly 10% of all outpatient appointments and performing
6% of the surgery in the UK | RCOphth

Image source: RCOphth

The Way Forward was commissioned by the RCOphth to identify current methods of working and schemes devised by ophthalmology departments in the UK to help meet the increasing demand in ophthalmic services. The information aims to offer a helpful resource for members who are seeking to develop their services to meet capacity needs. The findings are based on more than 200 structured interviews with the ophthalmology clinical leads in all departments in the four home nations to identify the real life solutions being used to address the increasing demand. The research covers each of the particularly high volume areas in ophthalmic care:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical retina – encompassing macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease
  • Emergency eye care

Read the full overview here


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