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New eye service launched at Trafford General

macularA 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.macular 2

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 Altrincham.

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 timescales.

"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 available at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Macular-degeneration/Pages/Treatment.aspx.