As the population ages, the demand for ear and eye care is increasing, putting undue pressure on health services, especially GPs, A&E and secondary care in hospitals – all services which are already challenged.
Healthcare professionals are concerned about the impact this is having as people are struggling to get access to the care they need.
Specsavers Access to Care report identifies key areas of opportunity for policy makers to reduce pressure on health services by making more effective use of existing primary care services in the community to help prevent avoidable hearing and sight loss and increasing access to care for vulnerable groups.
‘Specsavers is here for everyone – we just haven’t seen them all yet’
Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers co-founder
People experiencing homelessness
Specsavers is working with Expert Focus and a group of people with lived experience of homelessness to help us improve existing services and identify new and better ways to meet people’s needs.