Optegra opens new clinic

The eye hospital’s latest facility opened in Staffordshire in December

Optegra ribbon cutting

Optegra has opened its newest eye clinic in Staffordshire.

The clinic, located at Heritage Trade Park, Uttoxeter, is purely dedicated to NHS cataract patients, in an effort to reduce the long wait lists as a result of the pandemic, Optegra has said.

Richard Armitage, NHS director for Optegra, explained: “We are eager to support the NHS as ophthalmology is the second largest waiting list for treatment. Our new clinic also ensures that individual patients in the region can access cataract surgery in a timely fashion.”

“We are so pleased to be launching this new clinic and commit to treatment within just six weeks of referral,” he added.

The clinic was officially open by Uttoxeter Mayor, Helen Headech. Cutting the ribbon, she said: “The loss of one’s eyesight due to cataracts will affect many of us as we age, such loss can have a devastating effect on our everyday activities. If the waiting lists can be reduced by a good working partnership between Optegra and the NHS at no cost to the patient, then that can only be good.”

The clinic will be managed by Paul Haydon, who has previously worked at Optegra’s eye hospital in Birmingham.