Parking Restrictions – the end is in sight!

The first stage of the Blacktown hospital redevelopment, the construction of a multi-story car park, has commenced.  When completed, it will provide 600 car spaces.

This has meant hospital staff, patients and visitors are currently using Blacktown Bowling Club and surrounding streets as long-stay parking which has resulted in considerable difficulty for MetWest patients finding convenient parking.

We have been advised that the new car park will be opening at the beginning of 2014, improving the parking in the area significantly.

We ask for your patient during this period.

Read more about the redevelopment.

View transport options to MetWest Eye Centre.

World Glaucoma Week

Glaucoma Specialist Dr Alessandra Martins (centre) with Orthoptists Ayca and Jenny.

Today kicks off the start of World Glaucoma Week – a week of raising awareness of glaucoma in the community.

As pictured, MetWest doctors and staff are all involved in World Glaucoma Week, with staff in bright green awareness t-shirts.  Additionally, glaucoma posters and education material are readily available in an attempt to help people understand the condition.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, at the back of the eye.  If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to gradually progressing visual loss, and potentially blindness.  Due to it’s gradual progression, glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” – as the initial vision loss tends to occur in the periphery.  To catch glaucoma early, it is essential to have regular eye-checks.

Make an Appointment for a glaucoma check.

Read more about glaucoma.

Read more about World Glaucoma Week 2013.

Nurse Education

Representatives from the Day Surgery Nurses Association

Last Tuesday, 26 February, MetWest played host to 40 nurses as part of a Day Surgery Nurses Association event.  Nurses from day surgeries around NSW converged at MetWest as part of their annual education program.
One of MetWest’s anaesthetists, Dr Minh Tran, spoke to the group about past and current trends in anaesthesia for day surgery, focusing on cataract surgery and the range of techniques available.
Medical Director, Dr Robyn Armstrong, educated the nurses regarding the vast changes that have occurred in cataract and lens implant surgery techniques as well as touching on some of the changes to come in the next 5-10 years.
The nurses were able to take advantage of having a tour of the day surgery and observe the unique advantages that an eye-only day surgery is able to offer their patients.
Read more about MetWest Surgical, our on-site day surgery.


Orthoptists – who are they?

This week is Orthoptic Awareness Week, an annual event to educate the community as to what an Orthoptist is and what they do.  Orthoptists make up part of the eye-care team at MetWest, and can be involved in:

  • field testing
  • checking your vision
  • performing extra tests like – OCT’s, photos and corneal topography
  • educating you about your eye condition.
Often, you will see an Orthoptist prior to your consultation with your Ophthalmologist.  They will ask you questions about your medications, general health, previous and current eye problems to give the doctor as much information as they can about your eyes.
Orthoptists have undergone a bachelor or masters degree specialising in eyes and eye conditions to allow them to assist the Ophthalmologists with your care.
To see more about the staff at MetWest Eye Centre – click here.

To read more about Orthoptics – click here.