Eye Hospital expertise comes to Altrincham
Specialists from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
will bring their expertise to Altrincham and offer an expanded eye
service when the new hospital opens at the end of April.
This is good news for patients who live in the Altrincham area
who currently attend outpatient clinics at Manchester Royal Eye
Hospital (MREH). Figures show that 20% of current MREH outpatients
live closer to Altrincham Hospital than either MREH or Withington
Community Hospital where eye clinics are also available.
This will mean a significant increase in the range and number of
ophthalmology services available in Altrincham, expanding from one
weekly clinic in the current hospital to 8-10 specialist glaucoma
clinics and 5 medical retina clinics (for the treatment of macular
degeneration) a week once the new hospital opens.
Both glaucoma and macular degeneration are the chronic
conditions most commonly treated at outpatient eye clinics and
which require further follow-up appointments (see Notes to Editors
for more information).
The risk of glaucoma increases with age and people are more
likely to develop it if there is a family history. For most
people, glaucoma can be treated with eye drops to halt progression
of the disease, if picked up early. Glaucoma can be detected
through routine eye tests with a high street optometrist. To
monitor your eyes effectively, it is recommended that anyone over
the age of 40 should have a routine eye test every 12-18
Macular degeneration is a condition that requires frequent
reviews which may involve having injections to the eye every couple
Another key feature of the expanded service is that patients who
are referred by GPs or optometrist with an acute eye problem or
condition can be triaged over the phone by specialist nurses and
will now be given an appointment and seen with 24 hours at
Altrincham Hospital, rather than having to travel to Manchester
Royal Eye Hospital.
"We are delighted to bring an expanded range of specialist eye
services to people in the Altrincham area," said Cecilia
Fenerty, consultant ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye
"We believe that the new clinics will offer a much more
convenient and accessible way for local people to get specialist
care much closer to home in a pleasant and modern hospital
environment. We look forward to launching our new
ophthalmology service in the new Altrincham Hospital."