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Cataract surgery in the North East of England.

Bailey, K. and Deane, M. and Macknight, N. and Chappel, D. and Wilkinson, J.R. (2004) 'Cataract surgery in the North East of England.', Discussion Paper. North East Public Health Observatory, Stockton on Tees.


There has been good progress towards achieving the national targets on cataract surgery. However, there is considerable variation between primary care trusts (PCTs). • There were no breaches of the official target for waiting time from outpatient assessment to admission in 2002/03; 326 (2.3%) patients had a total wait in excess of 12 months. Mean waits varied considerably between PCTs and between trusts. PCTs continue to monitor waiting times quarterly. • Trusts in the region are implementing the recommendation that optometrists should directly refer patients requiring cataract surgery to outpatients. • Over 95% of cataract operations are carried out as day cases. • There is still scope for providing a better service for patients requiring cataract surgery. • Outcomes should be audited.

Item Type:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information:North East Public Health Observatory Occasional Paper No. 4.
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