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£200k mobile eye unit opens at Hereford County Hospital

Press release – September 30 2016


£200k mobile eye unit opens at Hereford County Hospital

Patients at Hereford County Hospital are set to benefit from the latest technology for sight saving treatment following the opening of a new £200k mobile eye unit.

The unit, which opened this month (October), has been funded by The Trustees of the Geoffrey Lewis Fund in memory of Geoffrey Lewis late of Southend Farm Mathon for the benefit of patients in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas.

Each year, more than 36,000 patient assessments, procedures and treatments take place at the Victoria Eye Unit at Hereford County Hospital, and the number of patients treated increases each year. The Geoffrey Lewis Retinal Treatment Unit is an extension to this service.  

The purpose built unit provides high quality facilities and equipment for the monitoring and treatment of potentially blinding retinal diseases, such as wet age-related macular degeneration, and other causes of swelling of the central retina including diabetes.

Benedict Recordon, at Whatley Recordon Solicitors, Malvern, said: “As Geoffrey’s trustee I am pleased to have arranged for his estate to benefit so many Herefordshire people”.

Karen Webster, senior sister at the Victoria Eye Unit, said: “We’re extremely grateful for this generous donation and delighted with the modern facility the unit provides for our patients.

“We have also recruited an additional nurse specialist to join our team of administrators, nurses, nurse specialists, ophthalmic medical imagers, and consultants to deliver this service”.

Alaric Smith, ophthalmology consultant and medical retina specialist at Wye Valley NHS Trust, added: “The unit significantly increases the capacity of the ophthalmology service enabling us to see and treat patients sooner, which is vital when delivering sight saving treatment”. 


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105. 

Pic caption:

Left to right inside the new unit are: Julie Young, Specialist Nurse Injector; Sue Leccia, Specialist Nurse Injector; Benedict Recordon from Whatley Recordon Solicitors, Trustees for Geoffrey Lewis; Alaric Smith, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Graham Stratford, Project Facilitator; Karen Webster, Senior Sister Victoria Eye Unit; Caroline Stratford, Operational Manager; George Morphis, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Faris Arif, Specialist Doctor in Ophthalmology.

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Pic caption:

Faris Arif, Specialist Doctor in Ophthalmology; Benedict Recordon from Whatley Recordon Solicitors, Trustees for Geoffrey Lewis; Caroline Stratford, Operational Manager; Graham Stratford, Project Facilitator; Alaric Smith, Consultant Ophthalmologist; George Morphis, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Julie Young, Specialist Nurse Injector; Sue Leccia,  Specialist Nurse Injector; Karen Webster, Senior Sister Victoria Eye Unit.

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Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk

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