Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, recently attended RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) parliamentary reception to find out if time is running out for his constituents with conditions that can lead to sight loss.
RNIB is campaigning for patients to be seen by eye clinics in the time advised by their consultant, and for patients to keep their appointments.
Toby said, “I support RNIB’s campaign to make sure people are given timely eye clinic appointments. I will work with RNIB to ensure my constituents get their treatment on time. Over 7,000 eye
clinic appointments were cancelled by hospitals in the North Derbyshire area in the last year, which simply isn’t good enough.”
Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments.
Toby added, “I recently visited the Ophthalmology Department at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital to discuss with staff the pressures they are under and what they are putting in place to improve the service. I have also written to the North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group to highlight the scale of the problem of missed or cancelled appointments and to ask how they plan to tackle this issue”.