The brand new, state-of-the-art Eye Unit at St Helier Hospital – which cost more than £2.3 million to build and stock with the very latest technology and equipment – is now open to patients.
With specially designed examination and treatment rooms, vision testing booths and specialist laser equipment, the unit is set up to provide a comprehensive service to patients with a wide range of eye conditions. It is also home to the trust’s emergency eye service.
Consultant eye surgeon and clinical lead for the service, Jane Leitch, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new unit. It was a huge investment for the trust and took months of hard work, but every penny and every moment of effort has paid off.
“This is a first rate facility, and we look forward to welcoming all of our patients to our brand new unit.”
The opening of the new unit marks the end of the project to completely modernise the trust’s eye clinics (costing more than £3.5 million in total) as a brand new unit also opened at Epsom Hospital in March.
Jackie Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are very excited about the development of our new eye units and we are pleased to be offering fantastic new facilities for our patients at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals. These units are a huge improvement in terms of the environment for our patients, and will also allow care to be delivered closer to home for many patients.
“Our patient appointments have already begun to be transferred over to Epsom and St Helier hospitals, and once all patient appointments are moved over, we will no longer run eye clinics from Sutton hospital.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for all of their hard work – these new units are a credit to our hospitals and will have real benefits for our patients.”
You can contact the Eye Unit via the hospital’s main switchboard on 020 8296 2000 or directly on 020 8296 3800.