THE Trust was delighted to host a regional seminar held by the UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA) this week.
The seminar was a workshop for clinicians, managers, commissioners and IT leads involved in ophthalmology services from across the region to look at the developments of ophthalmic patient records systems with speakers from a number of Trusts describing their experiences and approaches to developing electronic systems to benefit patient care.
The meeting was opened by Prof Mark O’Donnell, Medical Director at the Trust.
He said: “One of the privileges of my job is to welcome groups of people like yourselves to the hospital to see what you are doing to improve the patient experience.
“As I walk though the hospital I am constantly amazed at the skill and the technical knowledge all the specialist, like your departments, have.
“When I first came to the Trust we had four consultant ophthalmologists and now we have seven and are looking for eight. The specialty has become even more specialised and that is why it is important that we give people the tools they need.
“We now live in a digital age and there are people who cannot understand why we don’t have an electronic patient record and this meeting is very important in looking to develop that system consistently.”