A brand new eye-care centre is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Centre in King’s Lynn.
The hospital has secured £3m for a West Norfolk Eye Centre which will be in the Emerson Unit in the Fermoy building giving ophthalmology outpatient care a new home outside of outpatients.
The national funding allows QEH to create a new unit, called the West Norfolk Eye Centre, a dedicated Ophthalmology outpatient facility in the vacant space within the Emerson Unit (previously known as Churchill Ward) in the Fermoy building, relocating the services from their current location in the main Outpatient department.
This will mean extra capacity, the creation of One Stop clinics for patients to get care faster, and cope with the expected rise in cases.
Opening in the Spring, it will mean 2000 more appointments and 2000 more procedures.
Caroline Shaw CBE, the hospital’s Chief Executive, said: “This is great news for QEH. It is another example of how we are significantly investing in modernising our hospital and in turn further improving the experience of our patients, their families and staff.”
Dr Sam Bass, Consultant Anaesthetist and Divisional Director Surgery, added: “We are looking forward to moving into the West Norfolk Eye Centre this Spring. This new facility will allow staff to work more smartly and more efficiently in new facilities, enabling more patients to be seen more quickly.”