Clinic a site for sore eyes

Canning Times - - NEWS -

LIONS Out­back Vi­sion (LOV) runs ur­ban clin­ics at Bent­ley Health Ser­vice and Der­barl Yer­ri­gan Health Ser­vice once a month, of­fer­ing surgery, in­jec­tions and fol­low-up treat­ment to pre­dom­i­nantly Abo­rig­i­nal pa­tients.

The 20m van was launched in March last year and trav­els the state to pro­vide oph­thal­mo­log­i­cal ser­vices nor­mally avail­able only in Perth or ma­jor re­gional cen­tres. A new study com­pared the data of two out­reach oph­thal­mol­ogy clin­ics in 2015 against two trips to Derby in 2016 and showed the big­ger van’s in­crease in equip­ment re­sulted in more pa­tients be­ing seen.

In 2016, around 50 per cent of booked pa­tients at­tended their surgery but that in­creased to 100 per cent this year, with the LOV team build­ing re­la­tion­ships with pa­tients prior to surgery, in­clud­ing home vis­its for pre-ad­mis­sion pa­per­work and trans­port ar­range­ments.

Dr An­gus Turner said LOV had worked hard to en­sure at­tend­ing hospi­tal was a less in­tim­i­dat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dr An­gus Turner stud­ies a pa­tient’s eye in the Out­back Vi­sion van, which has seen a big in­crease in peo­ple seen.

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