Mark Pawsey has described the situation facing Rugby’s partially sighted AMD sufferers as “absurd” and said he will continue to fight for better access for Rugby patients to eye specialists at St Cross.
Rugby’s hospital has award-winning age-related macular degeneration (AMD) facilities, but due to contracts within the NHS, patients, many elderly and partially sighted, from Rugby are sent to Warwick for treatment. Patients have complained the facilities are hard to get to.
Mr Pawsey, who attended the launch of Bayer HealthCare’s report on AMP this week in Parliament, added: “It was a sobering experience to learn how AMD impacts people’s lives, making it so much more difficult to work or take part in social activities.”
Dr Adrian Canale-Parola, Chair of NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The CCG is aware of the patient interest around this service for Wet AMD. We want to reassure patients in Rugby that the CCG is working towards a consistent service so that patients can choose where they want to be treated. The CCG will share more information about commissioning this service as soon as the details are available in the next few months.”