Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford Borough, helped mark the first anniversary of Specsavers' high street NHS hearing service by having his hearing tested.

He showed his support for the NHS audiology service provided by Specsavers under the Any Qualified Provider (AQP) scheme by taking the 15 minute test at Specsavers Hearing Centre Bedford.

Mayor Hodgeson says: ‘Hearing loss can of course have a huge impact on day-to-day life yet, as I found out today, a hearing test is very simple and painless'.

'My thanks again to everyone at the Specsavers Hearing Centre, and happy first birthday!'

Specsavers in Bedford are accredited to provide a free NHS hearing service, from initial assessment through to provision of hearing aids and aftercare, under the AQP scheme. Aekta Popat, hearcare director at Specsavers Hearing Centre Bedford, says: ‘It was great having the Mayor down for a hearing check, and I’m pleased to say he’s been given the all clear.

The service has now been running for a year and has benefited the Bedford community - giving NHS patients convenience and more choice.’

To receive treatment from the conveniently located high street store, patients who suspect they have hearing loss will first have to request a referral from their GP. To qualify, patients must also be over 55.

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