1)
In the 12 months to January 2016 (or to the most recent month available), what was the average waiting time in days (referral to treatment time) for patients awaiting cataract surgery through Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust?
2a)
In the last 3 years, how many patients underwent cataract removal surgery at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust?
2b)
In each of the last 3 years, how many individual cataract removal procedures were performed at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust?
2c)
Does Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust operate a criteria for determining the priority/eligibility of patients for cataract surgery? If so, please specify.
2d)
Under what circumstances are NHS cataract patients ineligible for ‘second eye surgery’ – i.e. cataract removal from both eyes?
3a)
Are toric intraocular lenses available for patients with astigmatism undergoing cataract surgery at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust?
3b)
If yes to 3a, please list the conditions and criteria under which toric intraocular lenses are available to patients.
3c)
If yes to 3a, are toric intraocular lenses available for NHS patients with astigmatism undergoing NHS-provided cataract surgery at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust?

3d)
If yes to 3c, please list the conditions and criteria under which toric intraocular lenses are available to NHS patients.
3e)
If yes to 3a and/or 3c, how many patients have been fitted with toric intraocular lenses in the last 12 months, for which data is available?

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