GIRFT are pleased to announce that the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report on ophthalmology, has now been published.
The report sets out recommendations and actions on how units treating the major sight-threatening conditions – cataract, glaucoma, wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) and diabetic retinopathy – can:
- Optimise hospital theatre time for routine cataract surgery to enable more patients to be treated, more quickly;
- Offer more care for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in settings outside of hospital and closer to patients’ homes, such as mobile units and community eye clinics;
- Improve the referral process for patients with cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, to reduce the number of people attending hospital unnecessarily and ensure those who need treatment are seen more quickly; and
- Arrange for some post-surgical care to be carried out by optometrists in the community, offering greater convenience for patients and freeing up outpatient time
The report finds that if all trusts were to make best use of hospital time allocated for routine cataract surgery, this would create an additional 26,500 hours of theatre time, equivalent to 53,000 more operations a year, enabling even more patients to have vision-restoring treatment. These and other recommendations in the report have the potential to deliver cost efficiencies of up to £64m.
The report is based on data and insights from visits to 120 ophthalmology units and is authored by Alison Davis, consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Professor Carrie MacEwen, a consultant ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, and Lydia Chang, consultant ophthalmologist at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The GIRFT report is endorsed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.