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Fast track wet AMD referral pathway

This pathway  was introduced at a meeting on Jan 14th 2009 at Great Western Hospital and is for patients with recent onset of wet AMD to enable rapid assessment of patient suitability for treatment. This referral route is only appropriate for patients that meet the following referral guidelines:-

Presenting symptoms in the affected eye - there must be a recent  (usually less than 3 month) history of at least one of the following:

  • visual loss
  • spontaneously reported distortion
  • onset missing patch / blurring in central vision

NB Corrected VA must be 6/96 or better in the affected eye

 

PLEASE DO NOT REFER PATIENTS WHO FIT THE ABOVE CRITERIA IN THE USUAL ROUTE WITH A GOS 18 / STANDARD REFERRAL LETTER VIA THEIR GP. THEY MUST BE SEEN PROMPTLY TO ASSESS SUITABILITY FOR TREATMENT.

The referral form is available from the 'Downloads' section of the website. This form should be faxed directly to the Great Western Hospital, on 01793 604842. Please include previous VAs and date if known. 

 

NOTE: GWH now prefer to take all wet AMD referrals via email to their generic urgent referrals email address gwh.eyes.urgentrefs@nhs.net 

where it will be assessed and tiraged appropriately. If available, please include OCT scans accompanying the rapid access form. 

If you beleive the case may be more urgent or have questions about the referral, please phone the on duty triage nurse on 01793 604868.

 

Please do not refer dry AMD, patients whose VA has already dropped to below 6/96 or patients whose symptoms are not of recent onset via this route. These patients may be suitable for referral to the LVA clinic, or for visual impairment registration if appropriate.

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