Plymouth Eye infirmary all set for its move to new home at Derriford
THE Royal Eye Infirmary is set to move to a new purpose-built home at Derriford Hospital.
The long-awaited move from Mutley Plain, the result of a £5 million investment, will take place later this month, with the first operations scheduled for January 30.
A spokesman for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: "As part of plans to develop and enhance the ophthalmology services offered by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust the Royal Eye Infirmary will be relocating from the current site at Mutley Plain to state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities on level three at Derriford Hospital.
"The Royal Eye Infirmary provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for conditions of the eye.
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"The existing building is well over 100 years old and is no longer suitable for the ever-expanding and developing service."
Martin Giddy, service line manager at the Royal Eye Infirmary, said: "The REI building at Mutley is very nice, but it's not very practical for giving good high-quality patient care.
"We have got really good staff down there but we need a better environment to give better quality care.
"I think there is an air of almost disbelief that it's actually happening because there have been so many false starts.
"Coming up for the first time and seeing it is really good, and I think generally all the clinicians who have come up have all said 'It looks bigger than I thought it would look.'"
He added: "Patients will be coming into a clean, modern, well-lit area where the staff can give better care than they currently do.
"Staff will have all the latest equipment and technology. I think we will miss the building and the fact that we are a small, self-contained team.
"It's about keeping that team ethos."
Anyone needing emergency eye care should continue to call the triage number 01752 439 330 or 01752 439 331 where you will be advised if you need to attend, when and where.