Charity call for action plan on eye treatment wait times in NHS Lothian
The latest ophthalmology wait time figures show that for NHS Lothian patients still awaiting outpatient appointments, there were 7,379 waiting more than 12 weeks in September 2021 – the highest number since the start of the Covid pandemic.
Hawys Kilday, Director of Services at Sight Scotland, said: ‘As the NHS continues to face exceptional challenges this winter, Sight Scotland is calling for an optometric action plan that helps dedicated eye specialists provide a life-saving treatment and to combat the delays highlighted in these official documents. The figures.
“With this high number of people in NHS Lothian still awaiting outpatient appointments, with 62% of the waiting list waiting more than 12 weeks to be seen, additional steps need to be taken to ensure the best outcomes and take care of people with sight loss. . “
She added, “Timely treatment is essential for many eye conditions for the eye health and vision of patients. Community staff at our charities report that some of our service users who experienced delays in their eye treatment during the pandemic told them that their eyesight had deteriorated. “
National figures for wait times are the highest since the start of the pandemic – for patients still awaiting outpatient appointments, there were 32,187 waiting more than 12 weeks in September 2021.