Grantham Journal column: Opening of new eye unit is a very positive development

The offical opening of the new opthalmology unit at Grantham Hospital.

The offical opening of the new opthalmology unit at Grantham Hospital.

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On Monday 5 December, the new ophthalmology unit opened its doors to its first patients at Grantham Hospital. This unit will provide much needed local access to eye patients in the Grantham and wider Lincolnshire area. The newly refurbished department was opened by the Mayor of Grantham who was given a tour of the department by the staff.

The department has opened up in a newly refurbished part of the hospital at the front of the site. The benefits of having a dedicated space for the eye clinics are enormous and will ensure that there is the opportunity for us to invest and expand in the future. This strategy of improving local access to services is supported by our local commissioners and is part of a wider strategy of ensuring that local residents are able to choose and access a service that is near to them.

This is a very positive development for the Grantham site and there are aims to increase the amount of ophthalmology surgery on the site for those patients who require treatments for conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. There will also be further development to include paediatric ophthalmology services.

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