Scottish health secretary visits independent opticians

Jeane Freeman visits Urquhart Opticians in Kilmarnock

Jeane Freeman with practice team
Scotland’s health secretary Jeane Freeman (pictured in the centre) visited an independent opticians in Kilmarnock last Friday (8 November) to tour the practice and speak to staff and patients.

Ms Freeman attended Urquhart Opticians, one of Scotland’s oldest practices, which dates back over a century.

The independent is part of the NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Eyecare initiative, a service that was set up in 2017 to enable local optical practices to be the first port of call as well as provide same day appointments for any eye-related issues.

Welcoming Ms Freeman alongside optometric adviser Catherine Taysum to the practice, optometrist and director at Urquhart Opticians, Alistair Duff (pictured on the right), said: “We are delighted to welcome the health secretary to our flagship Kilmarnock practice and to join Ms Freeman in highlighting the role played by Scotland’s network of independent opticians in delivering frontline NHS eye care.”

During the visit, Ms Freeman had an optical coherence tomography scan. She said: “There is no doubt that community optometry practices, like this one, are providing excellent care and support for patients across Scotland. There is significant potential to deliver even more eye care services in the community, and this is exactly the right approach for patients.”