Following a £0.5m investment by Spire Healthcare, Spire South Bank hospitals has become one of the first Spire venues for the provision of a new “world class” ophthalmological suite. This is being celebrated by the official opening this evening performed by Mr John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and one of the founding Consultants of the hospital.
The new Spire Eye Centre concept is an exciting development with state of the art diagnostics, new lasers and a new vitreo-retinal theatre set up. The teams of ophthalmic surgeons with highly trained supporting staff deliver excellence in clinical care in an environment that is modern, friendly and aims to set new standards in premium private care.
‘This investment fully demonstrates our philosophy of providing the highest quality of care for our patients’ commented Ben Nicholson, Hospital Director.
The investment has enabled the full refurbishment and development of facilities, including the provision of additional consulting, slit lamp, diagnositic and laser rooms. Capital has also been invested in highly specialised computer based diagnostic equipment enabling the mapping and slicing of the eyeball to assist in assessing a patients visual capability, spot potential problems and determine the best course of treatment. Laser equipment is also available for the treatment of glaucoma and retinal disorders.
The Centres provide treatment for many conditions, including age related Macular Degeneration; Cataracts; Glaucoma; Oculoplastic Surgery and Squints. Treatments are aimed at not just correcting vision problems but also at preventing blindness. Screening for eye diseases to enable the early detection of problems is consequently vital. This is particularly so with diabetic retinopathy, where any early symptoms of the disease are treated using the argon laser. Glaucoma detection is undertaken using the Heidelberg Retinal Tomogram which provides the Consultant with a three dimensional image of the optic nerve head. Combined with examination this helps to detect changes and following the commencement of early treatment, continuous monitoring of the eye over time. Aged Macular Degeneration (AMD) is becoming increasingly common, affecting the central part of the vision and at its most severe obscuring all of the central vision. There are two types of AMD – ‘Dry’ (arising from the ageing of the retina) and ‘Wet’ (resulting in a sudden loss of or distorted vision indicating a further deterioriation from ‘Dry’). Whilst there is currently no proven treatment for Dry AMD, the symptoms of Wet AMD can be successfully stabilised by injecting drugs such as Lucentis.
‘As part of the next stage of development plans we are planning to introduce Refractive surgery, using lasers to correct short sightedness and removing the need to wear glasses’ adds Mr Chell.
For South Banks Spire Eye Centre it’s more than just treating patients; it’s about looking after people and their eyesight.