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North City News: Hospital's new eye on disease; SUTTON.

GOOD Hope Hospital is using the latest technology for eye patients after investing in a state-of-the-art new machine.

The hospital's ophthalmology department bought the pachymeter, which measures the cornea, with a pounds 2,800 donation from the Sutton Coldfield branch of Diabetes UK.

The device, which uses high-frequency sound waves, similar to an ultrasound machine, is now being used to diagnose and monitor glaucoma in patients.

An important step in monitoring the disease is to measure the intraocular pressure in the eye and that is the pressure of the fluid in the eye.

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon Monique Hope-Ross said: "Use of the device is an important element in our management of patients with glaucoma."

Iris Thorpe, chairman of the Sutton branch of Diabetes UK, added: "We were happy to fund the pachymeter because many diabetes patients develop glaucoma."

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DELIGHT... from left, Sheila Palmer and Joy Mitchell, from Diabetes UK' Associated Specialist Ophthalmologist David Kinshuck' Iris Thorpe, chairman of the Sutton Branch of Diabetes UK' Catherine Carey, Clinical Nurse Specialist' Margaret Hooper, Clinic Clerk' Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Monique Hope-Ross' medical secretary Janet Wells and John Palmer and Mary Evans, of Diabetes UK.
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