A chance for UK birdshotters to help birdshot research

If you attended the Birdshot Day no 4 recently in London, you will have heard Mr Mark Westcott talk about the British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit (BOSU) surveillance study of birdshot.

For those of you who couldn’t attend, the BOSU researchers are busy collecting anonymised data on all UK patients newly diagnosed with birdshot. The researchers can then start to calculate how rare birdshot is. They are also recording patients’ eye symptoms at diagnosis.

To get the best results, the researchers want to be sure that they receive details of everybody who could be included in the study.

This is where you can help.

  • Were you diagnosed with birdshot after May 2017?
  • Were you diagnosed with birdshot in UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)?

If you answered ‘yes’ to BOTH questions, this is what the researchers would like you to do:

  • Ask your consultant if your data has been sent to the BOSU birdshot study investigators. (Your consultant will know about BOSU and its work).
  • If your consultant is not sure if your details have been sent to BOSU, please contact Mr Westcott’s secretary: marilyn.gilbert-campbell@nhs.net  who will check.

Note that this study is only for UK birdshotters diagnosed after May 2017.