STRUCTURE: The board of directors at Chesterfield Royal Hospital FT has given the go ahead to a £2 project to revitalise the trust’s ophthalmology services.

The Chesterfield Eye Centre development will bring all specialties under one roof including emergency care, cataracts, age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and orthoptics.

The new scheme will provide one-stop clinics, recovery areas for patients who have had treatment and develop partnership working – the charity Sight Support Derbyshire will have a base in the centre. 

The centre will have its own entrance and reception – which will meet the specific needs of the visually impaired – as well as separate children’s areas, designed to provide welcoming, safe and friendly clinical surroundings for the Royal’s youngest eye patients.

The new centre will be based in the former Chatsworth Suite, which was vacated by private healthcare providers BMI in December last year. 

Work to redevelop the area will begin in November 2011, with the Eye Centre’s unveiling planned for May 2012.