New eye service launched at hospital

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SCARBOROUGH patients who are diagnosed with a certain eye condition will soon be able to receive regular treatment at their local hospital – thanks to the introduction of a brand new Lucentis service.

From April, newly diagnosed patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will be managed by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

The new weekly eye clinic, which will be run by Mr Vayas and Mr Bacon, will mean that patients will be able to receive Lucentis treatment at Scarborough Hospital, rather than having to travel to York.

Lucentis is a prescription medicine, given by healthcare professionals, for the treatment of patients with AMD. The condition is the leading cause of blindness in the UK, and predominantly affects those aged 55 and over. It currently affects an estimated 500,000 people in the UK and approximately 26,000 new cases of the more severe wet form are reported each year, including over 10,000 people across the North and East of Yorkshire.

Dr Vyas said: “This clinic is great news for patients with AMD as it means that they can now receive monthly injections of Lucentis at their local hospital, rather than having to travel to York.”

An information evening was held for GPs and opticians so that they could find out more about this new service and the benefits it will bring to their patients. As part of the introduction of this new service, an ophthalmology administrator post has been created.

The new Lucentis clinic started on April 1.