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Joint statement: Interim recommendations to discharge patients following routine uncomplicated cataract surgery

Jun 28
2021

  The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and The College of Optometrists are issuing interim recommendations on routine cataract care to help rapidly increase hospital capacity to see patients with urgent, complex or sight threatening disease. The combination of pre-existing capacity constraints and the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to record numbers of

  • 28 June 2021

Carrie MacEwen appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Carrie MacEwen appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Congratulations to Professor Caroline MacEwen DBE MD FRCOphth FRCS, who has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Ophthalmology and Healthcare Leadership during the Covid-19 Response. Professor MacEwen is a former President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and former Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal

  • 15 June 2021

Updated virtual clinic guidance for diabetic eye screening patients

Jun 09
2021

Both the College and the English NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (DESP) have received reports that a small number of Hospital Eye Services (HESs) have been rejecting new referrals or discharging patients referred by the DESP based only on a triage of the original screening photos and/or a telephone consultation. Making a decision on whether

  • 9 June 2021

The National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation (NECRT) Programme: A message from President Bernie Chang

Jun 04
2021

Our efforts to raise the profile of ophthalmology have begun to bear fruit. The 2021/22 Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance published in March by NHS England and NHS Improvement has for the first time prioritised eyecare services along with cardiac and musculoskeletal services. Ophthalmology clinicians involved in the programmes This work is being driven through

  • 4 June 2021

Redeployment considerations during the latest pandemic surge

Jan 07
2021

COVID-19 has led to a national lockdown in the New Year with increased infection rates putting immense pressure on frontline services which has meant the redeployment of ophthalmic staff, including ophthalmologists in training is already taking place. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists recognises that this is a necessary step to support the overall critical response

  • 7 January 2021