Published on Thursday 17 May 2018
Glaucoma patients are benefiting from even more support from Ophthalmology experts at Wirral University Teaching Hospital with the introduction of informal support and wellness events.
In partnership with Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted, the Eye Department based at Arrowe Park Hospital has recently introduced the events, which provide a relaxed, informal environment for glaucoma patients and their families to learn more about their diagnosis and a chance to talk to professionals on a more personal level, outside of their usual clinical appointments.
Consultant Optometrist, Dr Gillian Rudduck, explained: “Enhancing our patients’ experience of care is really important to us. Our glaucoma patients told us that they would like more information at the point of diagnosis and more opportunities to learn about their condition. In response, we have developed a detailed information pack, which is given out to every new patient, and created regular opportunities to chat informally to members of our clinical team and meet other people going through similar experiences.
“We are also lucky to have the support of Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted who have lots of knowledge and experience of local services that may benefit our patients. Being diagnosed with glaucoma can be quite frightening so people have been really grateful for this additional support.”
Helen Pickavance from Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted added:
“Often there is a lot of information provided at specialist appointments, which sometimes makes it hard to remember questions you may have had. These events bring together a wide range of advice and expertise, allowing patients to seek the information they need and share their stories with others without the time constraints of an appointment.”
The next Glaucoma Support and Wellness Event will take place during Glaucoma Awareness Week at 3.45pm on Wednesday 6th June in the Eye Department of Arrowe Park Hospital. The focus will be on ‘dry-eye’ and there will be demonstrations of how to administer eye drops correctly along with plenty of opportunities to talk to members of hospital staff about anything related to the condition.
There is no need to book and patients are more than welcome to bring a family member of friend to meet the team.