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Manchester Royal Eye Hospital set to expand specialist services across the region

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) is developing its world class services across Greater Manchester, with the recent news that it is now delivering vitreoretinal surgical services for patients at Rochdale Infirmary.

Patients with eye conditions that come under the vitreoretinal surgical specialism, such as retinal detachment, macular holes, and severe diabetic eye disease, can now be treated by a MREH surgeon in Rochdale if this is more local and convenient to them.

MREH already provides specialist, sophisticated vitreoretinal services that caters for the whole of the North West, ensuring that patients are getting the most advanced care from a wide area.

This expansion of services will now improve the patient experience with reduced waiting times and ease of access for many patients to a more local district hospital.

Vitreoretinal conditions are amongst the most urgent of eye conditions, with quick treatment being paramount due to potential for vision loss.

Susmito Biswas, Clinical Head of Division at MREH said:

"We are incredibly pleased to be collaborating with our neighbouring Pennine Acute Trust to provide these important services to more patients across the region.

"Patients can access their treatment more locally to them, and continue to be cared for by the top clinicians from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

"More of this collaborative working will develop over 2015, with our services being rolled out across the area, including the brand new suite of ophthalmic services at the new Altrincham Hospital later this year."

Mr Tanveer Hashmi, Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

"This is a good example of NHS organisations working together for the benefit of patients and providing a local service utilising the mutli-disciplinary teams from CMFT and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust."

For more information on Manchester Royal Eye Hospital's range of services, please visit www.cmft.nhs.uk/royal-eye.