Patients with an eye condition who require follow-up treatment will have to travel to Bexhill as of next Monday (January 13).
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust says the move, which will mean people with wet age-related macular degeneration needing such a service will no longer be seen at the DGH or Conquest Hospital, is to cope with growing demand.
The trust, which runs the Eastbourne and Hastings hospital, said the number of people with the condition has increased approximately fourfold in the last two years and the number of patients diagnosed with the condition continues to increase. It said this has led to a tremendous demand on the resources that are currently available to treat people with the condition and in particular physical space within the hospital and availability of specialist staff are under pressure.
From January 13 patients will still have their initial examination and first three injections at either the DGH or Conquest with follow up treatment in a specialist unit at Bexhill Hospital which the trust says will lead to shorter waiting times.
Shahram Kashani, consultant ophthalmologist, said, “Currently we have around 700 patients being treated for this condition across the trust and we are finding it difficult to keep up with all the appointments required.
“With more and more patients being diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration and requiring regular follow up treatment we have reached a point where we have to ensure the service continues to be safe.
“To provide a safe sustainable follow up service for patients in East Sussex we will be treating them in a newly designed specialist unit based at Bexhill Hospital.”
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