Save the West Kent Eye Centre at Princess Royal Hospital , Bromley

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The West Kent eye centre at the Princess Royal Hospital in Bromley was established in 1996. It serves the London Borough of Bromley and caters to a population of 300,000.

Patients receive essential treatment through almost 40,000 outpatient appointments per year.

This eye clinic is now closed as part of the covid 19 emergency response. However it now appears that this may be a permanent move. 

This means that there will be no local eye clinic for the residents of Bromley and they will have to go to Sidcup or Croydon. A good percentage of patients who attend the eye clinic are elderly with diabetes related eye problems and macular degeneration most of whom need to attend every couple of weeks for injections. It will be extremely difficult or even impossible for these patients to travel to these alternative sites.

This vulnerable group of patients have already suffered delays in treatment due to the covid 19 situation and the associated shielding.
This move will have a very great impact on the continuity of care of these patients and in turn lead to avoidable blindness.
It is our right as residents of Bromley and patients to have a say in this. We must all stand together to prevent the closure of the West Kent eye centre which is our local eye unit and has been serving us for years.