New eye service launched at Trafford General
A new service to treat
patients with wet age-related macular degeneration has been
launched at Trafford General Hospital. Expert consultants and
senior nursing staff from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) will
provide the new one-stop service.
Patients will be given the choice of being seen in the new
purpose-designed mobile macular unit at Trafford General Hospital
or travelling to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Elderly
patients from the Trafford area make up approx 30% of total patient
volume. The new service means that they can now receive the
same expert treatment but much closer to home.
The Macular Treatment Centre at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is
currently operating at full capacity and the new Trafford
development will enable a significant expansion in the number of
patients seen and treated. The MREH Macular Treatment Centre
has been providing intravitreal therapy since 2007 as a
comprehensive, one-stop service. The service has grown
rapidly and in 2014 delivered 13,000 anti-VEGF (vascular
endothelial growth factor) injections. Macular patients
treated by MREH are expected to increase by 25% in 2016.
The new Trafford Macular Treatment Centre is expected to treat
40 patients a day when fully operational, and provide 450
injections per month. The additional capacity will reduce
waiting times and help to deliver better visual outcomes for
patients. This is the first macular service to be provided in
Trafford, although MREH has recently expanded its range of
ophthalmology services at the new community hospital in
The Trafford service is consultant-led and delivered by a
multi-disciplinary team. Patients will leave the Trafford
Macular Treatment Centre with their next appointment arranged to
ensure regular and timely reviews within the recommended
"We are delighted to bring our macular service to Trafford
General Hospital," said Mr Sajjad Mahmood, Consultant
Ophthalmic Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Macular at Manchester
Royal Eye Hospital.
"Our aim is to provide a convenient, high quality and responsive
service for local people without them having to travel into
Manchester for expert eye care. This is a major expansion of
our macular service that will enable us to treat many more patients
than at present."
Note to Editors
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) is part of Central
Manchester University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust (CMFT).
In 2014, MREH celebrated two hundred years of excellent patient
care. MREH provides secondary and tertiary care to residents
of Greater Manchester and beyond with retinal disorders, covering
the population of 13 CCGs.
As a well-recognised teaching and research institution, the
MREH's retinal specialists are in the forefront of new treatments,
providing diagnosis and treatment for diabetic retinopathy as well
as other retinal vascular disorders.
The new Manchester Royal Eye Hospital opened in 2011 on the
Oxford Road site in Central Manchester. It now provides an
expanded range of specialist services at the new community hospital
in Altrincham which opened in April 2015.
Trafford General Hospital is easily accessible by public
transport and offers free car parking close to the treatment
centre. Patients will be offered an appointment at Trafford
Macular Treatment Centre based on their clinical suitability and
proximity to the hospital.
More information on the treatment of macular degeneration is