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Great news for Ballincollig and Cork city as HSE confirms new specialist eye-care centre

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The HSE has confirmed it is to open a new community eye-care centre in Ballincollig – which will double the current capacity for outpatient appointments in the region.

Ophthalmic services in the HSE South/SouthWest area have been under severe pressure for some time with one Cork TD saying waiting times for treatment in the public system can be as long as four years.

Cork North West TD Michael Creed said: “Those delays are costing elderly people their sight, and prolonging the vision problems being experienced by younger people.”

“Thousands of people with glaucoma, macular degeneration and children with amblyopia (or ‘lazy eye’) currently have no access to treatment because the service is completely congested.”

However, the Fine Gael TD said he has been now told that the HSE has “an ambitious plan to tackle the problem.”

“They’re transferring all hospital-based services from CUH to South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. They plan to open two further eye-theatres at SIVUH. The first of those is to open early next year.”

“To decongest the hospital services, they are going to open a state-of-the-art new Eye-Care Services Centre in Ballincollig.”

“It will employ a staff of 36 and it will double the existing outpatient capacity for the Cork/Kerry region.”

“Two new consultants have been appointed and funding for a third has been approved, along with nursing and clerical staff.”

The TD said the move would be welcomed by elderly people and by families throughout the region as a sign that action is being taken to dramatically cut waiting list times.





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