The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) report on ophthalmology highlights 22 recommendations to improve the treatment of sight-threatening conditions in England.
Ophthalmology is the busiest NHS specialty in England, with 7.5 million outpatient appointments and 500,000 operations per year. We’ve been making the case for improvements to eye care services, so they can better keep pace with demand. And this will only become more important, as we forecast a 35 per cent increase in the number of people with sight loss by 2030.
GIRFT is an NHS improvement programme designed to improve the quality of care. Launched at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the GIRFT report recommendations included:
After the launch reception, RNIB’s Policy Manager, Helen Lee, said:
“This is a valuable piece of work, and there is commitment across the eye care sector to transform eye care services. We need to ensure there is sufficient capacity within the system to meet current and future demand, and we’re calling on the Government to adequately fund service redesign, so all patients receive sight saving treatment when they need it.”
Find out how you can take action to improve NHS eye care services in England, and help stop unnecessary sight loss.