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Patient Safety in Opthalmology

In this paper, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists states that the health sector should maintain proper standards in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of the public.

It says ophthalmologists should complete a local clinical incident report for all such patient safety incidents, and device / medication failures and adverse drug reactions should be reported to the MHRA and via the Yellow Card scheme respectively.

It explains the quality of ophthalmic care for NHS patients has greatly improved with new technologies, care pathway modernisation, improved investment and shorter patient referral to treatment waiting times.

The paper concludes saying that efforts for improvement in ophthalmic patient safety and quality of care are vital and require professional leadership and engagement.

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