Talk will focus on new eye treatments

20 May 2013

A consultant who trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital will give a free health talk in Colchester later this month.

Everything we do, we do it for you - well, we try! will be the title of the presentation to be given by Mr Jignesh Patel, now a consultant ophthalmic and vitreoretinal surgeon based at Essex County Hospital, Colchester.

It will take place in the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Colchester General Hospital on Wednesday 29 May, beginning at 6.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should book a place in advance (see below).

Mr Patel, who has established a Retinal Research Unit at Essex County Hospital, came to Colchester four years ago after working at Moorfields for eight years.

The ophthalmology department at Essex County Hospital carries out about 2,000 cataract operations every year. Other services include support for people with diabetes and retinal diseases.

Mr Patel's presentation will concentrate on the new eye new treatments that Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has started to provide in the past 12 months. He will be happy to answer questions and the whole event is expected to finish by 8pm at the latest.

It is hoped that some of the people who go to the talk will be interested in joining the Trust as public members.

* Anyone wishing to attend on 29 May should phone 0800 0515 143 (free of charge) Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm to book a place or email

Members of the public who are unable to attend but who are still interested in becoming a public member of the Trust can register online by visiting the Trust website: (click on box number 9 under "Hot Topics" on the home page). Alternatively, phone the Foundation Trust Membership Office on 01206 742347. The Trust currently has 6,985 public members.

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