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SMMC to reduce Eye Care Clinic waiting list

SMMC to reduce Eye Care Clinic waiting list

The St. Maarten Medical (SMMC) is implementing measures in an effort to reduce the current waiting list at the SMMC Eye Care Clinic.

Since the opening of the Eye Care Clinic at the SMMC Care Complex in September of last year, there has been a tremendous uptick in the demand for Ophthalmology (Eye Care) services locally which has resulted in a waiting list for patients.

Although this increase in demand is common when a new medical specialty is introduced and takes some time to normalize, SMMC is continuously aiming to provide a better patient experience. Thus, in an effort to reduce the current waiting list at the Eye Care Clinic, the capacity of Ophthalmology services will be increased starting July 22th, 2019 by means of 1 additional Ophthalmologist on a 2-week rotational basis This means that during two weeks per month, two Ophthalmologists will be present to provide patient care.

A further measure taken to reduce the waiting list is that the Eye Care Clinic opening hours will be temporarily extended. The clinic will be open to see patients from 8.00 am – 8.00 pm during the weeks that two Ophthalmologists are present.

By taking the abovementioned measures SMMC expects that the waiting list will be reduced and patients can see the Ophthalmologist sooner, resulting in regular appointment wait times reinforcing SMMC’s mission of providing quality care, close to home.

Patients who wish to make appointments with the Ophthalmologist can call: (+1721) 543-1111 ext. 1345. Appointments can be made from Mondays-Fridays between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. SZV patients are requested to obtain a referral letter from their family doctor before visiting the Eye Care Clinic at SMMC’s Care Complex.

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