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Film aims to ease anxiety over eye injections

4 June

A film to reassure patients who are due to have an injection in the eye has been created by staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH).

The injections are used to treat those with macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, and diabetic macular disease.

In the past six months, more than 3,000 eye injections were given to patients at RBH, around 128 every week. However many patients are anxious about having the injections, and some choose not to attend their appointments.

Anne-Marie Lacey, advanced nurse practitioner at RBH, came up with the idea for the film. She said: “We felt it was important to make the video as it’s a procedure our patients often feel anxious about. We wanted to support them and provide information to put them at ease.”

The seven minute film follows a typical patient journey, including the staff you might meet, what happens during the procedure and what to expect afterwards, as well as accounts from a number of patients.

Margaret Hines, one of the patients who appears in the film, said: “The thought of having a needle inserted in your eye is very daunting but the whole procedure is very quick and is carried out by specially trained staff.”

Fellow patient Kathleen McCallam added: “The staff are wonderful and put you at ease.”

Dr Owen Anderson, consultant ophthalmologist at RBH, said the film provides useful information to hopefully make patients feel less worried. “It’s the best treatment available and we do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible.”

You can watch the film on our Eye Unit pages.

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