Patients in Rugby who suffer from a common eye condition can now choose to be treated in the £2million specialist macular unit at the Hospital of St Cross.
Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that, while painless, generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision, and can sometimes cause a rapid reduction in vision as a whole.
The macular unit at the Hospital of St Cross also conducts a great deal of research into wet AMD and other macular conditions, giving patients the opportunity to get cutting-edge treatments as part of clinical trialsSergio Pagliarini, Consultant Opthalmologist
Patients in Rugby were previously only able to choose other hospitals for their wet AMD treatment. But thanks to a change in contract, they can now choose to be seen by local clinicians in the macular unit at St Cross instead.
The unit, which was originally opened in 2011, is specifically designed for treating those with AMD and is split into different sections, including optometry, a photography bay, and consulting and treatment rooms.
A number of patients, including Bob Dawson from Rugby, have already benefitted from the change. Bob, who has been receiving treatment on and off for over 10 years, was previously treated at the old Walsgrave Hospital, and then at Warwick Hospital.
He said: “It’s much better for me having treatments for my wet AMD at the Hospital of St Cross. When I was being treated at Warwick Hospital, it could take me up to one and a half hours to get there by public transport. Having treatment at St Cross is much more convenient being only five minutes away from my house.
“I’m also happier being back under the care of Mr Pagliarini, who treated me when I was first diagnosed in 2004.”
Sergio Pagliarini, Consultant Opthalmologist, said: “Now that Rugby patients can choose to visit their local hospital for treatment, we’re able to offer these patients appointments closer to home.
“The macular unit at the Hospital of St Cross also conducts a great deal of research into wet AMD and other macular conditions, giving patients the opportunity to get cutting-edge treatments as part of clinical trials.”
Patients should speak to their GP about St Cross care.