MP sees eye clinic benefits


MP ROBERT Goodwill took a tour of the Mobile Community Eye Care Centre launched at Bridlington Hospital earlier this year.

Until the introduction of the service , over 140, mostly elderly patients from Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby area had to make a round trip of 80 miles or more to receive treatment at York Hospital once a month.

Designed as a dedicated service for local people with wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the new clinic has cut patient travelling times by over a half, also relieving local health services of some of the capacity issues currently being faced.

Mr Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, was given tour of the clinic by Mr Richard Gale, consultant Ophthalmologist at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and lead clinician at the Mobile Eye Clinic.

He was guided round the unit’s hi-tech equipment by Mr Gale who explained the many benefits of the mobile clinic, including the convenience for local patients and the savings made by the NHS which no longer has to provide so much hospital transport to York for patients on the East Coast.

Thursday, June 30, 2011