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New mobile eye service brings vital care closer to home for patients in Hampshire

Posted on: 27 Sep 17

·         Community based mobile eye service will offer patients living in Hampshire and the South Coast flexible and convenient access to essential treatment

·         The mobile eye unit is set to alleviate the increasing demands on one of the largest hospital eye units in the UK and improve patient care

·         Collaborative partnership between Bayer and the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust will launch the service on Friday 22nd September


Reading, September 22, 2017 – Working in partnership, Bayer and the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), will introduce a new mobile eye unit to expand and improve access to care for people living with a condition that is a leading cause of vision loss –age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The launch of the mobile service will ease pressure on hospital services to deliver timely and high quality care for patients in the area. Importantly, the community based eye service will provide significant benefits for patients, including reduced travel time, reduced waiting times in clinic, and overall treatment experience.


Patients with AMD require close monitoring of their condition, with regular follow-up appointments to prevent further vision loss. To date, some patients have had to travel up to an hour to access hospital based services at Southampton that have been stretched by increased demand for eye appointments. The one-stop review and treatment eye service will bring care closer to home for these vulnerable patients and ensure it is in line with guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.


“Growing numbers of patients accessing our hospital eye services has meant that we have had to re-evaluate how we can ensure our patients continue to receive the best level of care”, said Christina Rennie, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology at the UHS “We are excited to launch this mobile eye unit that addresses a clear need of our patient community for services that are not only high quality but also convenient. Currently, there are two and a half thousand patients receiving anti-VEGF injections for a range of retinal conditions including AMD so this unit will benefit many of our patients.”


The launch of the new mobile service aligns with key recommendations from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ ‘Three Step Plan’, which aim to reduce the risk of patients coming to harm due to inefficient services and delayed appointments.1 Step two of the plan specifically highlights the importance of improving patient flow and pathways within the hospital and the community.1 This new mobile ophthalmic service is anticipated to improve the eye unit’s capacity to deliver treatments by providing six clinical sessions per week from two separate locations.


Commenting on Bayer’s collaboration with UHS, Lars Bruening, CEO of Bayer UK/Ireland, said: “At Bayer we are proud to collaborate with NHS trusts to implement solutions that improve the delivery of much needed ophthalmology services. The expansion of this community-based mobile unit allows for greater and more efficient delivery of quality services to the people who need them most.”


The mobile eye unit will be launched at Southampton General Hospital. The initial phase of the project will be situated at King's Community Church in Hedge End then will be rolled out at other locations across Hampshire over the coming months.

Editor's Details

Mike Wood

Last updated on: 27/09/2017

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