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NHS backlog: Optegra sees 40% increase in cataract referrals in Hampshire and Surrey

The private eye care provider is helping to ease the burden on the NHS after elective surgery was suspended in the wake of COVID-19

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Optegra is assisting the NHS to provide eye care to patients who had treatment delayed following a suspension of elective surgery amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The NHS waiting list for routine procedures, such as cataract operations, stands at four million currently, with the NHS Confederation warning that this could rise to 10 million by the end of the year.

Optegra, which has specialist eye hospitals and clinics in nine UK locations, is offering NHS cataract procedures throughout the hospital group.

Optegra’s vision correction medical director, Amir Hamid, highlighted that the eye care provider has seen a 40% increase in referrals regarding NHS cataract appointments within Hampshire and Surrey.

“COVID-19 has placed an immense pressure on the health service, as we all know, and so we have increased our ability to provide cataract surgery to NHS patients. This will help reduce waiting lists and ensure that patients are receiving sight-saving treatment as quickly as possible,” he emphasised.

Mr Amid encouraged optometrists to consider Optegra when they see cataract patients over the coming weeks and months.

“We are here to work with them and have made the referral process as simple as possible,” he highlighted.

“Where the clinical commissioning group allows direct referrals, they should simply email GOS 18 [email protected] or call 0207 5094186 or find us on e-Referral, in order to refer their patients for safe and secure treatment with us," Mr Amid said.