New Tonometers enable BEH staff to run a glaucoma clinic at Weston General Hospital
Part of the integration of United Hospitals Bristol with Weston Area Trust, which was completed in September 2020, was to expand and develop the ophthalmic service at Weston, which is run by BEH staff. We paid £10,800 to buy two iCare tonometers (and 4,000 disposable probes) which were urgently needed so that the new glaucoma clinic could get under way.
Tonometers are used to check intra-ocular pressures and have huge advantages for patients and staff over older instruments used for the same purpose. These tonometers make the experience for patients quicker and more comfortable – they reduce the need to instil anaesthetic drops which invariably sting and often cause distress. They are accurate and can be used on babies, children and any patient unable to sit at a slit-lamp, even a patient who is lying down.
Importantly, during the current health crisis, a patient can be examined at arm’s length giving increased protection from infection for operators and patients.
We gratefully acknowledge that the supplier, Mainline Instruments Ltd, kindly provided 500 disposable probes free of charge.
We also paid £4,000 for an identical additional tonometer for the Emergency Department in Bristol, who have to examine patients aged from one day old to 100 years.