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No more lengthy journeys for West Yorkshire patients needing diagnostic eye tests

12 October 10

Individuals from West Yorkshire thought to be suffering from a range of eye diseases will no longer have to travel as far a field as Manchester or Newcastle, to undergo key diagnostic tests.

The Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Bradford will launch an electrodiagnostic testing unit next week which will be able to assess patients from across the West Yorkshire region. 

Having a unit in the West Yorkshire region will not only significantly cut journey times but will also reduce the length of the anxious waiting period for patients. 

The new unit will carry out tests for NHS and private hospitals in the region, allowing doctors to manage particular eye diseases more efficiently.

Dr Declan McKeefry, Reader in Visual Neuroscience and Director of the Electrodiagnostic Unit said: "At present, there is little or no provision for this kind of diagnostic testing in the West Yorkshire region. Currently, patients are being sent to centres in Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle in order for these tests to be performed.

"This is unsuitable from both the point of view of patients, as well as for clinicians who are exploring ways to improve waiting times.  Our aim is to provide a quality visual electrodiagnostic service to the region, embedded into the existing academic research and clinical infrastructure of Bradford School of Optometry & Vision Science."

Mr Shafiq Rehman, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS trust, said: "This is a wonderful development - it's about time that we had access to specialised ocular electrodiagnostic services in the Yorkshire region."

12 October 10

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