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RCO to track avoidable sight loss caused by delays

RCO to track avoidable sight loss caused by delays

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has announced that BOSU Surveillance will collect data on sight loss due to delays in accessing the hospital eyecare service (HES).

Previous studies in 2016 and 2019 showed a significant number of patients suffered preventable sight loss from delays in accessing HES.

It is widely understood that ongoing capacity challenges in HES, including those due to workforce challenges in ophthalmology, continue to put sight at risk.

That is why Principles and Priorities for primary eye care calls for more enhanced eye care services to be commissioned so that patients can access timely care and the NHS can prevent cases of avoidable sight loss caused by delays in care.

All UK ophthalmologists can report cases through the BOSU email reporting system. The Royal College is encouraging all ophthalmologists to take part by submitting data. Learn more and participate.

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