MORAY MP Douglas Ross has welcomed confirmation from that NHS Grampian it will call in extra help to cut down waiting times for ophthalmology patients.
Mr Ross was commenting after receiving a response to a letter he wrote to NHS Grampian, voicing concerns about waiting times for cataract procedures. He said: "I have been raising concerns about the treatment people in Moray receive for their eye care for some time. I’m grateful that NHS Grampian have provided me with a useful update which goes some way to addressing the concerns about provision in our region.
"I have now received reassurances that action is being taken to reduce waiting times which currently stands at an unacceptable 546 days for cataract operations.
"NHS Grampian have told me they have secured additional capacity to deal with the waiting list and have referred more than 1000 patients outside the region for reviews and procedures. I also welcome the fact that health provider Medinet will also take on some patients in a bid to reduce waiting times. The chief executive of NHS Grampian has also confirmed progress with the opening of the ophthalmology department at Dr Gray’s.
"While this should have happened earlier, this was delayed due to work on the treatment room and in recruiting a consultant. A new consultant-led clinic is now operational and the treatment room is up and running.
"Having this local facility again will cut down on the number of Moray patients having to make the gruelling 150 mile return journey to Aberdeen for treatment."