Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9570

Jay A L Richardson

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester, UK

  • Research   
    The Effect of Lockdown due to COVID-19 on a Large Emergency Eye Department: The Manchester Experience
    Author(s): James F Young*, Katie L Harron, Loreena Bilal, Jay A L Richardson and Felipe Eduardo Dhawahir-Scala

    Aim: This study assesses the impact of the UK COVID-19 lockdown on Ophthalmology Emergency Services at one of the largest dedicated Emergency Eye Departments in the UK. Methods: We evaluated differences in attendances between 2019 and 2020 according to ethnicity, deprivation scores, age, clinician grade, diagnosis, discharge rate and follow up length. Results: The mean number of attendances started to drop on the 17th March 2020. The mean number of attendances before versus after 17th March decreased by a factor of 2.2 with a 95% (CR) of (2.1,2.3); from 72 (95%CR 70,75) per day to 33 (95%CR 31,35). Attendance rates to the Emergency Eye Department during a 9-week period of lockdown dropped by 51% (95%CI 47-52%) compared with the same period in 2019 and 48% (95% CI50-54%) compared with 2018. There was no .. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2155-9570.20.11.859

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