Specsavers practices introduce healthy living scheme

Two more branches of the multiple are offering additional services to patients under the Healthy Living Optical Practice scheme

Specsavers employees
Specsavers practices in Derby and Sutton-in-Ashfield have introduced the Healthy Living Optical Practice (HLOP) scheme in store which enables them to provide patients with additional health advice.

The HLOP initiative was first established in Dudley where a Specsavers practice has participated since March last year. The scheme enables trained staff to offer advice to customers on smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake and NHS health checks.

Speaking about joining the scheme, store director at Specsavers in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nigel Davidson, said: “Regular eye tests can often uncover other health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, so we regularly direct customers to their GP or hospital. Becoming a HLOP under this scheme means we can now provide expert advice around a host of common health issues.”

The Derby-based branch of the multiple has introduced a health promotion zone in store that aims to highlight the national and local support that is available for areas including obesity, mental wellbeing, stroke, dementia, smoking, and drug and alcohol abuse. Blood pressure checks will be offered at the practice from September, the multiple confirmed.

Store director of Specsavers in Derby, Uan Gohil, said: “Through our training with public health we’ve learnt a lot and it’s been an eye-opener for all of us. It’s great to be able to help people get the support they need to improve their lifestyle.”