Sandinha T.,Liverpool Ocular Oncology Center |
Hebbar G.,Liverpool Ocular Oncology Center |
Kenawy N.,Liverpool Ocular Oncology Center |
Hope-Stone L.,Liverpool Ocular Oncology Center |
Damato B.,Liverpool Ocular Oncology Center
Eye (Basingstoke) | Year: 2012
Purpose: To describe the design and implementation of a nurse-led clinic in a tertiary adult ocular oncology service and to assess its feasibility and patient satisfaction. Methods: Patients with a melanocytic uveal tumour attending for review during an initial 6-month trial period were assessed in a dedicated ocular oncology clinic by an ophthalmic nurse practitioner. These were: (1) patients who would have been discharged back to the referring hospital but whose ophthalmologist refused to continue their follow-up; (2) patients who preferred to be reviewed in our clinic; and (3) patients with a risk of metastatic disease that was increased but not enough for them to be referred to our medical oncologist. Quality assurance mechanisms were established to ensure safe practice. Patient satisfaction was assessed by means of anonymised questionnaires. Results: A total of 65 patients were seen between 1 November 2011 and 31 May 2011. The mean age was 58 years (range 16-82 years). Most lesions seen were choroidal suspicious naevi (54%) and treated choroidal malignant melanomas (20%). Nine (14%) patients with an increased risk of metastatic disease attended the clinic. Nine patients (14%) were referred back to the ophthalmologist's ocular oncology clinic, because of tumour growth in two patients, macular oedema in one, cataract in five, and conjunctival melanosis at the plaque site in one. Questionnaires showed high levels of satisfaction with the service. Conclusion: A nurse-led adult ocular oncology clinic is feasible, thanks to developments in ocular photography. It is well accepted by patients. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.