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New-look acute ophthalmology service opens in Victoria

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Eye and Ear) has opened its new Acute Ophthalmology Service (AOS) clinic after relocating from Level 5 to the ground floor.

The Eye and Ear said the move strategically places the AOS clinic, equipped with ten consulting rooms, in close proximity to the Emergency Department.

“The co-location of these services will facilitate seamless coordination and collaboration between teams, resulting in improved patient care and streamlined treatment for individuals,” the Eye and Ear said.

The move is part of a redevelopment project, with the Eye and Ear working closely with the Department of Health to enhance its facilities to better serve the community.

Leanne Turner, executive director of operations and chief nurse officer cutting a ribbon during the launch of the new AOS clinic. Image: Thomas Elia.

The Eye and Ear’s executive director of operations and chief nurse officer, Ms Leanne Turner, officially opened the new clinic on 17 July.

“As we stand here in this delightful new and modern space, I am filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the great patient outcomes that await us. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together towards a common goal,” she said.

Earlier in the month, the Eye and Ear operationalised its Short Stay Unit (SSU) within the Emergency Department, a move which aligns the hospital with the Department of Health’s vision of emergency care for Victoria.

“The SSU comprises four 24-hour beds, allowing us to offer designated care for patients who require short-term treatment and monitoring. This unit offers increased comfort, improved monitoring and care,” it said.

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