Re: Current referral system followed in Ophthalmology referrals received from GPs and Primary health care providers

Renoh Chalakkal made this Official Information request to Canterbury District Health Board

The request was successful.

From: Renoh Chalakkal

Dear Canterbury District Health Board,
I would like to know the details about the current referral system followed by CDHB in ophthalmology referrals. I have the following questions:

1. How are the ophthalmology referrals prioritized?
2. Is there any automatic referral system in place?
3. Are there any standards or operating procedures that are followed while placing referrals from GPs/primary care providers?
4. Can private eye care providers (Specsavers/OPSM etc.) refer a patient to specialist ophthalmologists in CDHB?
5. Can a patient consult with a specialist ophthalmologist at the ED directly without an appointment? If not can a GP immediately refer a patient to a specialist ophthalmologist at the hospital? Are there any specialist ophthalmologists available at ED 24*7 ?
6. What criteria are followed in prioritizing the ophthalmology referrals?
7. In 2019-2020, what is the average time taken for a GP referral for different types (serious, moderately serious, and not serious, etc.) ) priorities to get an appointment with a specialist ophthalmologist/optometrist?
8. How many specialist ophthalmologists and optometrists are practicing in CDHB separately?
9. How many registered ophthalmologists/optometrists are there in whole New Zealand?
10. Were there any steps taken by DHBs across New Zeland (or at least by Auckland DHB) to conduct the ophthalmology clinics remotely over tele platforms so that patients get necessary eye care during the different stages of lockdown in New Zealand?

Expecting a reply soon. Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Renoh Chalakkal

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Attachment CDHB 10403 Acknowledgement letter 31 8 2020.pdf
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Canterbury District Health Board

Attachment CDHB 10403 Response with appendix 22 09 2020.pdf
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Dear Renoh

Please find attached our response to your Official Information Act request
CDHB 10403.


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Kathleen Smitheram



Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board

Official Information Act Co-ordinator, Planning and Funding

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