MP launches new fast-track cataract service
8th March 2018
A new eyecare clinic will be officially opened in Gloucester tomorrow by the city's MP Richard Graham.
The Newmedica clinic in the Aspen Centre, Horton Road is open to both private and NHS patients with the aim of offering greater choice and reduced waiting times for ophthalmology services.
All treatment and care offered at the clinic is consultant-led, with services including cataract surgery and glaucoma management.
Headed up by clinical director, Nigel Kirkpatrick and operational director, Carl Hall, the Newmedica team is working in conjunction with the NHS, local optometrists and GPs to help offer a fast-track community ophthalmology service.
"We are delighted to be welcoming Richard Graham to officially open the centre," said Nigel Kirkpatrick, a consultant ophthalmologist who has been serving communities in Gloucestershire for more than 20 years.
"Our focus here is to offer patients the highest quality eyecare - accessible and affordable for all - in a state-of-the-art, clean and comfortable environment. We welcome referrals from all high street opticians, as well as direct from GPs, and are focussed on providing a community-based surgical option which will help support existing NHS services provided by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Trust.
Ruth Cowley, aged 59 and from Eastington, was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes and after being referred to Newmedica by her GP, had her first operation six weeks later.
"Two years ago I started to notice my sight was worsening and I had difficulty seeing when driving in the dark," said Ruth. "I wear contact lenses and was experiencing discomfort and blurring too but I thought it was just that the lenses were old.
"The Newmedica staff were brilliant. They explained everything that would happen and were so attentive. I can now see things so much more clearly and small objects in the distance are that much sharper. I'm also much more confident driving in the dark, it's done me the world of good."
George Coulson, portfolio manager at building owners Assura plc, said "This is a great example of why primary care buildings must offer space and flexibility to accommodate lots of different healthcare services under one roof - it helps the NHS offer services closer to home and means patients don't have to travel so far for the treatments they need. We're delighted to see Newmedica launching this pilot and wish the team every success."
Newmedica is partnered with Specsavers.
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