Healthcare solutions provider Novartis and the NHS Foundation Trust have launched a new mobile eye treatment clinic at Frimley Park Hospital in the UK.
Claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, the clinic will provide one-stop diagnosis and treatment services for eye problems, including wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), which causes blindness.
The new mobile eye unit will travel across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, seeing up to 50 patients a day. The unit is said to provide the same services as the current clinic in the hospital.
Novartis UK managing director Frederic Guerard said the company has joined hands with the NHS in identifying solutions to address unmet clinical needs.
"As the world’s leader in eye care, we aim to continually work to provide patients and clinicians with the most innovative and sustainable solutions," Guerard said.
According to Novartis, the new mobile eye clinic would be beneficial for patients and their family, who travel longer distances for treatments.
These patients can now receive treatments in more accessible locations such as local supermarkets.
Frimley Park Hospital consultant ophthalmic surgeon Geeta Menon said the ophthalmology team at the hospital has always been trailblazers in delivering better care for patients with eye disease.
"The opening of the mobile unit marks another step in our exciting journey to providing exceptional care," Menon said.
Image: Novartis headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Photo: courtesy of Andrew.