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Hollows help a new vision for Territory eye health

Date posted: 9 August 2012

Top End patients are now seeing the benefits of sophisticated new equipment aimed at improving eye health with new state of the art eye health equipment at Royal Darwin and Katherine Hospitals.

Health Minister, Kon Vatskalis, said, through a collaboration with the Fred Hollows Foundation, $300,000 worth of equipment had been donated to both hospitals.

‘The partnership between the Northern Territory (NT) Government and the Fred Hollows Foundation will help improve diagnosis and treatment throughout the Top End, including being able to treat more patients in or near their home towns and communities,' Mr Vatskalis said.

‘One of the most exciting things about this partnership is we now have a portable argon laser so patients requiring treatment for conditions such as diabetic retinopathy or retinal tears can be treated on site during outreach visits to communities.'

Mr Vatskalis said new equipment has also been installed at Katherine Hospital to boost services there, again providing patients with treatment in or closer to their home town.

Source: Northern Territory Government


Last updated: 9 August 2012
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