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THOUSANDS of eye patients in the West Sussex area will be able to see clearer thanks to the opening of a new unit.

The ophthalmology outpatient unit has opened at St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester, which is also a significant step forwards in the bid to build a centre of excellence for eye treatment in the county.

It will provide patients with a much-improved environment, better levels of privacy and dignity, and a unit which has the potential to offer a greater range of services in future.

The new unit boasts 12 individual consulting rooms, two laser rooms, two imaging rooms, a treatment room for patients where minor procedures can be performed, alongside a recovery room, a separate waiting area for children, and an area dedicated to orthoptic care.

Mr Masoud Teimory, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Richards’, said: ‘This new facility will transform the experience of our patients.

‘Our old outpatient department was no longer up to the standard we would want for our patients, but the new unit is superb.

‘We are building a centre of excellence in ophthalmology at the Trust and opening this department takes us a significant step nearer to fulfilling that ambition.

‘Our ultimate aim is to create an environment where teaching and innovation can thrive.’