Vision for new eye centre is revealed by hospital

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A £2 MILLION project set to revitalise Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s eye services has been given the green light by the trust’s board of directors.

The Chesterfield Eye Centre development will bring all specialities under one roof - covering emergency care, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and orthoptics - to improve patient services and overall patient experience.

Around 2,000 patients use the Royal’s ophthalmology service every week.

The new scheme will provide for one-stop clinics - where patients have a number of tests and investigations on the same day - at the same time as improving privacy and dignity, with new recovery areas for patients who have had treatment.

The project will also house support organisation Sight Support Derbyshire, building capacity to treat greater numbers of patients in future.

The centre will have its own entrance and reception, which will meet the specific needs of people whose vision is impaired, as well as separate children’s areas.

Out-patient suite numbers three and 10 at the Royal, plus facilities currently off site at Saltergate Health Centre in Chesterfield relating to diabetic retinopathy, will merge to become a modern, progressive and effective unit.

Work on the new centre, based in the former Chatsworth Suite, will begin in November and it is due to be unveiled in May next year.