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New eye unit to go ahead

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THE go ahead has been given for a new eye health unit in Dumfries.

It will be located within the former Cresswell building at the Mountainhall site in the town, pictured above.

And it will comprise ophthalmology, orthoptics and diabetic retinopathy screening clinics and ophthalmology day surgery. This will create a centre for eye health outpatient and day surgery services that are all co-located.

The plans were agreed by health bosses and are part of phase two of the redevelopment of Mountainhall Treatment Centre, and the wider acute services redevelopment project.

The ophthalmology department has been working closely with the project team on the plans for the move. They are looking forward to a dedicated facility for their patients, allowing medical and technological advancements to be fully harnessed, and changing models of care implemented, enabling them to deliver the best care possible.

Team leader Christiane Shrimpton said: “The ophthalmology team is looking forward to seeing the plans for a dedicated ophthalmology unit becoming a reality. Patients will benefit from improvements in our service that will be made possible as a result of the move. This gives us the opportunity to redesign pathways of care for some eye conditions and work in a more integrated way.”

NHS finance director Katy Lewis added: “This is a positive development for people in the region who require ophthalmology services, and for the staff who deliver them as they will benefit from a modern fit for purpose healthcare facility, reconfigured to suit their needs on a site which is now well established as a familiar hub for outpatient services.”

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