Eye services area expanded

Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

Optometrist Dr Terrance Tan with patient Ray Richards in the newly-refurbished eye clinic yesterday. Optometrist Dr Terrance Tan with patient Ray Richards in the newly-refurbished eye clinic yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Eye clinic services have been expanded at the hospital.

Four rooms have been refitted and revamped to cater for the Ophthalmology Clinic, the hospital's largest outpatient clinic.

It sees about 3100 patients a year over four days a week for three weeks a month.

Two consulting rooms, a diagnostic room and a treatment room plus a larger patient waiting bay make up the new space.

"The new rooms have helped to streamline the ophthalmology services provided to Broken Hill residents and outlying areas, including providing clinics at Maari Ma, Wilcannia, Menindee and White Cliffs," said Nurse Unit Manager of the Specialist Clinic, Kathy Morrison.

"Previously the eye team have been restricted to certain days for clinics and worked in cramped conditions due to lack of space," Ms Morrison said.

The General Manager of the hospital, Nigel Carlton, said that previously the eye clinic was run from different rooms in different parts of the hospital.

"Good eye care is one of the things that stops people coming to the hospital because it means there is less incidents occurring at home," Mr Carlton said.

The new rooms also house all the eye equipment purchased by or donated to the hospital.