Groundworks will soon begin on the William Prance Road site, with the first patients expected to arrive in the second half of 2022. The three-floor facility will bring together the outpatient and surgical eye treatments that are currently provided at Derriford Hospital.
The new site offers improved access for patients with a drop-off zone and parking immediately outside of the building. The internal plans include an increased number of treatment rooms and an expanded area for young patients.
Last summer, two new modular theatres were installed at Derriford Hospital, following investment from the NHS Elective Recovery Fund to address the major impact of covid on hospital waiting times.
This dedicated capacity will be re-provided at the new site along with the addition of a third operating theatre dedicated to sub-specialisms, such as oculoplastic, orbital and corneal surgeries, to start to reduce the waiting times of patients from across Devon and Cornwall.
As a specialism, Ophthalmology (Eye Services) has a lower reliance on an acute hospital site, making it a suitable candidate for a move away from the Derriford Hospital site. However, Paediatric surgery and specialist ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) treatment will remain on site at Derriford.
The move will release space on level 3 of Derriford Hospital which will be reassigned as a clinical unit and an additional ward.