Eye casualty at The James Cook University Hospital will change its opening hours in the New Year.
The department, based within eye outpatients, is currently open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, but from Monday 9 January 2017 it will be open:
- 8am to 5pm – Monday to Friday
- 8am to 12noon – weekends and bank holidays
The changes have been introduced following changes to junior doctors’ working hours, but patients are being reassured that they will still be able to get emergency treatment 24/7.
Outside of these new opening hours patients with an eye injury or other serious eye problem can access services via the hospital’s accident and emergency department.
For non-emergencies the hospital also offers a fast track eye clinic which provides an appointment slot within one to five days of referral.
Clinical Director for Ophthalmology, Chrisjan Dees, said: “Many patients who come in with an acute eye problem do not need to be seen immediately. For this group of patients we run a fast track eye clinic.
“This clinic is also for patients who are referred urgently by their optometrist or GP. Patients will typically receive a phone call within 24 hours of referral offering them an appointment time.
“Any emergencies outside of eye casualty opening times will be treated in the A&E department.”