New ‘centre of excellence’ for eye care

Friday June 16, 2017

A brand new purpose-built ophthalmology department opening in Shoreham will provide access to some of the best ophthalmic assessment and surgical facilities in the country.

Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands is a new service being launched at Southlands Hospital on Tuesday 27 June, following a multimillion pound investment by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Chief executive, Marianne Griffiths, said: “Last year, our trust was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and we remain one of only five acute hospital trusts in the country to be awarded the health watchdog’s highest rating.

The special design of the building enables us to provide ‘one stop’ clinics for thousands of patients with cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration

“The opening of Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands is another service where we will excel for our patients and provide them with some of the very best quality care in the country.”

Up to 3,000 patients a month will visit the new unit for assessment or treatment and more than 50 eye care specialists, including ophthalmic surgeons and nurses, optometrists, orthoptists and support staff, will work there.

Consultant ophthalmologist, Mr Masoud Teimory, said: “Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands will offer access to some of the best ophthalmic assessment and surgical facilities in the country, matching our other excellent facility at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

“We are confident that the impressive range of clinical skills, combined with the latest technology and clinical facilities, together with our ambitions for training future surgeons, will propel Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands as a new clinical centre of excellence in the UK.”

The state-of-the-art building has been designed to be accessibility friendly and is all at ground level. The eye unit has its own main entrance on the west side of Southlands Hospital, with access off the Upper Shoreham Road.

The first phase of works to increase the number of car parking spaces available at Southlands Hospital has been completed and works are continuing in a phased way to deliver a 60% increase in the total number of spaces by December 2017.

As Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands opens, the Ophthalmology Department at Worthing Hospital closes and relocates to Shoreham. From 23 June, eye care clinics and operations will no longer take place at Worthing Hospital, but patients can ask to be treated at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, if they prefer.

Mr Teimory said: “Moving our ophthalmology service from Worthing Hospital to more spacious and modern surroundings at Southlands Hospital provides our patients with a more comfortable experience, as well as enhanced clinical care.

“For example, the special design of the building enables us to provide ‘one stop’ clinics for thousands of patients with cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration – thus avoiding multiple visits to hospital for our patients.”

Western Sussex Eye care | Southlands is by appointment only, however, patients requiring hospital treatment can ask their optician or GP to refer them to Southlands Hospital. Patients needing emergency eye care for a serious injury or eye condition should attend their nearest Accident & Emergency department.

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