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Manchester Royal Eye Hospital service launches in Altrincham

alt macularA team of experts from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) have launched a new expanded outpatient eye service at the recently opened Altrincham Hospital.

Some of the team, which consists of consultant ophthalmic surgeons, senior ophthalmic nursing staff, ophthalmic imaging, optometry and orthoptic staff will be based permanently at Altrincham Hospital.

It is an exciting new development that brings a major expansion of ophthalmology services to Trafford.  Many patients with eye conditions who live in the Altrincham area will now be able to have their follow-up outpatient appointments locally from MREH specialists rather than having to travel into Manchester for the same care.

The new range of services at Altrincham Hospital will include:

  • Glaucoma monitoring and treatment
  • Ophthalmic monitoring for diabetes patients (virtual clinic)
  • Macular degeneration monitoring (virtual clinic) for patients whose vision is stable
  • Botox injections for squint patients
  • Primary and acute care clinics
  • Neuro-ophthalmology diagnosis and treatment
  • Adult and paediatric orthoptic clinics
  • Optometry-led clinics.
  • Dedicated ophthalmic imaging

Another key feature of the expanded service is that patients who are referred by GPs or optometrists 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 ophthalmic surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

"The new clinics 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.  This is an exciting development for us and we look forward to developing our new ophthalmology service at Altrincham Hospital."


Glaucoma and macular degeneration are two of 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 months.


Macular degeneration is a condition that requires frequent reviews which may involve having injections to the eye every couple of months.


Potential patients and referrers who would prefer to attend Altrincham Hospital should simply follow the same referral process as they do now and the MREH team will look to accommodate patients as local to their home as possible.