BBR Optometry boosts emergency appointments
Hereford independent practice has increased the number of appointments for emergency eye cases available to NHS patients under PEARS scheme
The increase in allocation is part of a Primary Eye Acute Referral Service (PEARS) scheme run by NHS Herefordshire clinical commissioning group which aims to relieve pressure on local GPs and the hospital eye service at The County Hospital in Hereford.
“Historically, people may not always have approached their optician or optometrist with issues that are health, rather than vision-related, such as red eyes, sore eyes, or even a foreign body in the eye. However, as optometrists, we are able to help with far more than sight alone.”
Mr Rumney added: “PEARS is designed to work in a similar way to the NHS campaign to get more people to access help in non-emergency situations from places other than A&E, for example, by visiting their local pharmacist, or using the 111 helpline.”