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HealthManchester eye specialist launches new cataract diagnostic clinics in the community

Manchester eye specialist launches new cataract diagnostic clinics in the community

This July, Optegra Eye Hospital Manchester is launching a series of diagnostic clinics to make it easier for local people to access convenient NHS cataract treatment.

With such high demand for NHS cataract surgery, the Didsbury-based hospital is now launching diagnostic clinics in Oldham, Bolton, Trafford and Stockport – so that local residents can visit their nearest clinic to have their diagnostic tests and ensure they are suitable for surgery.  They then only need to travel to Didsbury for their actual surgery.

The procedure will then take place within the main hospital, while the follow-up consultations will either be at the patient’s regular community optometrist or via Optegra AI.

Christa Gore, optometrist at Optegra Eye Hospital Manchester, will be one of the team running these clinics, and said: “The whole process of cataract surgery is very straight-forward for the patient, and the brief, pain free procedure really can transform vision and quality of life.

“By opening these four new regional diagnostic clinics, we are making the process even easier. On a logistical level, patients can book in at their nearest clinic – which will be in an NHS facility or private GP practice, with the convenience of being close to home.

“At the appointment we will talk through the procedure, answer any questions they have and importantly run some thorough eye tests to check the health of the eye and ensure the patient is suitable for cataract surgery.”

Having launched eight successful NHS cataract hospitals in the past 18 months – from York and Preston to Colchester, Brighton and Maidstone – and four more in the pipeline for 2024, Optegra has been able to support thousands of cataract patients with timely treatment and excellent outcomes.

These new diagnostic clinic locations have been carefully selected in order to provide convenience to as many patients as possible; and have been agreed with the local NHS Integrated Care Boards who see this as a positive step to help treat more patients.

Robert Pilling, Optegra business development director, said: “This launch follows on from Optegra’s commitment to supporting the NHS and reducing the long waiting lists which we saw post-Covid.  We have opened a series of dedicated NHS cataract clinics around the UK, and are now extending our service even further with these local clinics NHS Cataract Diagnostic Clinics.

“When a patient is referred to us for cataract treatment, it is excellent that we now have more locations to offer for them to begin their treatment journey at their convenience and closer to home. This means we continue to have an opportunity to help patients avoid unnecessary waits for this essential, life-enhancing surgery.”

Helen Greaney
Helen Greaney
I'm a journalist with more than 18 years' experience on local, regional and national newspapers, as well as PR and digital marketing. Crime and the courts is my specialist area but I'm also keen to hear your stories concerning Manchester and the greater North West region.
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