Providing a safe and effective intravitreal treatment service: strategies for service delivery (2020)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Amoaku W.; Bailey C.; Downey L.; Gale R.P.; Ghanchi F.; Hamilton R.; Mahmood S.; Menon G.; *Nosek J. ; Pearce I.; Yang Y

Clinical Ophthalmology; 2020; vol. 14 ; p. 1315-1328

An aging population leads to increasing demand for medical retina services with chronic diseases being managed in long-term care pathways. Many hospital services struggle to deliver efficient and effective MR care due, at least in part, to infrastructure that does not expand responsively enough to meet the increased demand. A steering committee of retinal specialists from a variety of UK NHS hospital ophthalmology departments with experience of leading and managing NHS retinal services in the intravitreal era came together for the generation of this document to review and compile key aspects that should be considered when optimising intravitreal treatment capacity within MR services. This article aims to provide a useful collation and signposting of key published evidence, consensus and insights on aspects of delivering an intravitreal service, including treatment regimens, virtual clinics, staff training and governance, telemedicine and information technology, and data collection and key performance indicators. The objective is to equip ophthalmologic healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to develop and adapt their local service in the face of current and projected increased demand.

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