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Why single specialty networked care?

Case study 1: Bedford and Hertfordshire: shared care cataract pathway

There are more than 60 optician practices and 120 optometrists in Bedford and Hertfordshire accredited to see Moorfields patients for pre and post-operative cataract assessment.Eye graphic

Patients attending the accredited optometrist, assessed as suitable for cataract surgery and choosing Moorfields for their surgery at Bedford Hospital or Potters Bar Hospital, can be assessed there and then. They will attend the hospital only for their pre-operative check and day surgery. Following their post-operative recovery period they return to the same optometrist for their post-operative check-up. The refractive outcome from the operation will be measured and the results sent to Moorfields.

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Moorfields subcontracts with and pays the optician practice and accredits the optometrists through an initial training protocol and annual review process.

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