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Eye (Lond) ; 2023 May 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20236030


INTRODUCTION: The COVID-19 pandemic created a requirement for reduced patient contact and reduced capacity in clinics. We previously published results of an Image-Based Eyelid Lesion Management Service (IBELMS) which was found non-inferior to traditional face-to-face clinic at diagnosing lesions and identifying eyelid malignancies. We now present first-year safety and efficacy data from this service. METHODS: Data were collected retrospectively on all patients seen in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde eyelid photography clinics from 30th September 2020 to 29th September 2021, including referral source and diagnosis, time to clinic review, treatment and patient outcomes. RESULTS: 808 patients were included in the study. Chalazion was the most common diagnoses recorded (38.4%). There was a statistically significant decrease in mean time from referral to appointment time between the first 4 months and last 4 months of the service (93 days to 22 days, p ≤ 0.0001). 266 (33%) of patients were discharged following photographs, 45 (6%) were discharged for non-attendance and 371 (46%) were booked for a minor procedure. 13 biopsy-confirmed malignant lesions were identified; only 3 had been referred as suspected malignancy. 23 patients out of 330 with at least 6 months follow up (7%) were re-referred within 6 months of treatment or discharge; however, none of them with a missed periocular malignancy. DISCUSSION: Eyelid photography clinics effectively reduce patient waiting times and maximise clinic capacity. They accurately identify eyelid lesions including malignancies with a low re-referral rate. We propose that an image-based service for eyelid lesions is a safe and effective way of managing such patients.

Br J Cancer ; 124(8): 1357-1360, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1072146


The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the National Health Service in United Kingdom. The UK Ocular Oncology Services evaluated the impact on the adult eye cancer care in the UK. All four adult Ocular Oncology centres participated in a multicentre retrospective review comparing uveal melanoma referral patterns and treatments in a 4-month period during the national lockdown and first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 with corresponding periods in previous 2 years. During the national lockdown, referral numbers and confirmed uveal melanoma cases reduced considerably, equalling to ~120 fewer diagnosed uveal melanoma cases compared to previous 2 years. Contrary to the recent trend, increased caseloads of enucleation and stereotactic radiosurgery (p > 0.05), in comparison to fewer proton beam therapy (p < 0.05), were performed. In the 4-month period following lockdown, there was a surge in clinical activities with more advanced diseases (p < 0.05) presenting to the services. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to mount pressure and reveal its hidden impact on the eye cancer care, it is imperative for the Ocular Oncology Services to plan recovery strategies and innovative ways of working.

COVID-19/epidemiology , Eye Neoplasms/epidemiology , Melanoma/epidemiology , Pandemics , Uveal Neoplasms/epidemiology , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/therapy , COVID-19/virology , Communicable Disease Control/methods , Eye Neoplasms/complications , Eye Neoplasms/therapy , Eye Neoplasms/virology , Humans , Melanoma/complications , Melanoma/therapy , Melanoma/virology , Proton Therapy/methods , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity , State Medicine , United Kingdom/epidemiology , Uveal Neoplasms/complications , Uveal Neoplasms/therapy , Uveal Neoplasms/virology