Cambrian News photographer - Eye clinic fears allayed as consultant is employed

ABERYSTWYTH’S ophthalmology services will not be affected after the departure of the service’s consultant with a replacement having taken over the department recently, Hywel Dda Health Board has said.

The Cambrian News reported “Concerns had been raised about the future of services with the loss of the former consultant sparking fears that services could be moved away from the North Road eye clinic and Aberystwyth.

But with a replacement consultant starting work on 5 March and a further three locum consultants expected to be appointed shortly, Joe Teape, the health board’s director of operations and deputy chief executive, said the Aberystwyth team was expected to be at full capacity in April.

He said: “I can confirm that we have successfully appointed a senior consultant who assumed leadership of the team in North Road clinic on Monday, 5 March, and will be pivotal in developing services and the ophthalmology team in Ceredigion.

“A careful handover plan was implemented and there was no interruption to services.

“There are presently three specialty doctors working in North Road clinic and we are in the process of short-listing for a further three locum consultants which will help to sustain our ophthalmology services in the county.

“Subject to recruitment we are hoping that the team will be up to full strength in April” here.

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