Eye patients harmed after acute trust’s waiting list spirals

Full story in The HSJ, 31 October 2018

Nearly 40 eye patients have suffered a worsening of their condition because of a growing backlog of thousands of people waiting for follow up appointments at one trust.

At least 7,000 patients were not given follow up appointments at University Hospital Southampton FT, prompting trainee doctors to raise multiple concerns and write a letter of concern to trust chiefs earlier this year.

Both the trust and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists said the problems were a result of a “significant and sustained” pressure on eye services nationally, and claimed such backlogs are common across NHS trusts.