Macular Degeneration

Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait was between diagnosis of macular degeneration and first follow-up appointment with a health professional in the last period for which figures are available.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 19 January 2004

Information on the average wait between diagnosis of macular degeneration and first follow-up appointment is not held centrally.

Information is available on the number of hospital admissions (first period of in-patient care) and average-waiting times for those diagnosed with degeneration of the macular pole. In all, there were 3,417 admissions in England in 2002–03 for degeneration of the macular pole. The average waiting time for these admissions was 67 days.

Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. In-patients are defined as patients who are admitted to hospital and occupy a bed, including both admissions where an overnight stay is planned and day cases.

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