Health Minister Jillian Skinner last week officially opened the $2 million state-of-the-art Bicentennial Eye Clinic at Australia’s oldest hospital, Sydney Hospital.
Mrs Skinner said the purpose-built clinic will provide high-level ophthalmic care to local patients as well as those from rural and remote areas of the state.
Mrs Skinner said thousands of retinal and corneal treatments would be delivered each year in the new multi-million dollar facility, benefiting many patients with potentially blinding medical conditions.
“The Bicentennial Eye Clinic includes dedicated retinal and corneal clinics in a purpose-built unit with state-of the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
“As a result, patients can now have their consultations, tests and treatment all in the one place. It will become a one-stop shop for eye care.
“The clinic has the latest in corneal and retinal imaging equipment – including corneal confocal microscopy and macular optical coherence tomography – as well as corneal crosslinking and retinal laser treatments,” Mrs Skinner said.
Patients with disease of the retina, including the macula, are referred to the clinic by general practitioners, ophthalmologists, optometrists and via emergency departments and clinics.
The establishment of the Bicentennial Eye Clinic has been a collaborative effort between Sydney Hospital/Sydney Eye Hospital, The Sydney Eye Hospital (SEH) Foundation and the Sight For Life Foundation. The SEH Foundation provided $1 million, the Sight For Life Foundation provided $200,000 and the remainder was funded through hospital funds.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Magazine in Australia)