Chief Minister Gallagher has launched the new Canberra Hospital Eye Clinic.
“Since the establishment of the Eye Clinic in 2007, the demand for Ophthalmology services in the ACT has continued to increase,” the Chief Minister said.
“The service has grown exponentially over the last four years, and now provides more than 1,100 patient visits per month.
“I am excited that this new custom-built Eye Clinic will enable more Canberrans to have treatment here in the ACT, reducing the need for patients to travel to Sydney. This is particularly beneficial for patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration.
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“The new injection treatment for age-related macular degeneration is very effective at stabilising the condition, but since patients need injections every month for the rest of their life, the ability to be treated near home is crucial,” the Chief Minister said.
Capacity to provide injections is expected to increase by 30 per cent, due not only to the extra space provided by the new Eye Clinic, but also as a result of the employment of a second Retinal Specialist in August this year.
“The new Eye Clinic provides a dedicated patient entrance, reception and waiting area. It will encompass a total of 15 rooms with six Doctors’ consulting rooms and four work-up rooms. The clinic is double the size of the previous facility and is equipped with world-class capabilities,” the Chief Minister said.