New NHS fast-track cataracts service opens in Leeds
01 May 2018
01 May 2018
Newmedica, one of the leading approved providers of NHS-funded ophthalmology services in England, has officially opened its first Yorkshire-based eye health clinic and surgical centre at St Martins House Medical Centre in Leeds.
The clinic offers NHS and private ophthalmology, including cataracts surgery and glaucoma treatment, in a non-hospital environment with swift appointment availability.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson declared the clinic open alongside Newmedica Leeds Clinical Director, consultant ophthalmologist Aldrin Khan, and Operational Director, Jennifer Lindsay.
Aldrin says; ‘We are delighted to offer patients in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire area a high quality and accessible NHS service, complemented by an exceptionally good value private offer for cataracts surgery. Our mission is to make eye care better for patients, better for the NHS and those that fund it, and better for our communities.’
In the past year Newmedica has established three new eye health clinics and surgical centres in North East Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol and has now launched its fourth in Leeds, the first in the Yorkshire region.
Mr Khan has worked as an ophthalmologist in the North East and Yorkshire regions for nearly 10 years. He was appointed a consultant in York in 2009, with a specific interest in glaucoma and also worked at Bradford Royal Infirmary providing cataract, corneal and glaucoma care to large numbers of patients as well as supervising and teaching junior doctors.
Patients can be referred by their local optician or by their GP. Following treatment, patients return to their local opticians for aftercare.
The clinic covers outpatient consultations and diagnostic scans, cataracts surgery, YAG laser capsulotomy, oculoplastics and treatment for glaucoma, peripheral iridotomy and medical retina (excluding AMD) services.
Newmedica is partnered with Specsavers, which recognised that support and investment was needed to provide NHS-funded ophthalmology services to the community, to ultimately alleviate the ongoing pressure on the main NHS service and reduce waiting times.
Newmedica is one of the leading independent sector providers of NHS funded ophthalmology services in England, delivering over 120,000 patient interactions annually in more than 23 services across England.
In November 2016 Specsavers, the largest optometry provider to the NHS, made a major investment in a partnership with Newmedica to improve eye health services for patients in the community.
The private service is in addition to the NHS service and is offering cataract surgery from £1,995 per eye. A wider choice of cataract treatments is on offer, including special multifocal replacement lenses to reduce dependency on glasses and toric lenses to correct astigmatism, which are available at an additional cost. Appointments are available within seven days of request and surgery within 21 days after that.