Specsavers in Haverfordwest has scooped a prestigious national award for its cutting-edge eyecare services.

The Bridge Street store beat off stiff competition from four shortlisted UK businesses to win the ‘Enhanced Optical Service’ category at the Optician Awards, which recognises excellence in primary eyecare services delivered in the community.

‘We are over the moon’

Locally owned and run by directors Andy Britton and Paul Skoczek, the store secured its win by outlining how it supports the Pembrokeshire community’s eyecare needs as well as its involvement in the integration of new eyecare schemes.

‘We are over the moon to have come out on top of what was an extremely competitive category at such a respected awards ceremony,’ said Andy Britton, director of the Bridge Street store. ‘It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of our brilliant team here and we couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve achieved during the past 12 months.

'We are passionate about providing the Haverfordwest community with the highest standards of clinical professionalism, and this accolade really does reflect that.’

Help to relieve hospital eye services

The practice assesses patients with urgent eye health complaints using a triage form, which ensures that they are treated locally, where possible, and do not have to travel 50 miles to the nearest hospital. It also provides glaucoma refinement services, which helps relieve hospital eye services, having invested in an optical coherence tomography machine that screens for conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Specsavers Haverfordwest has collaborated with other opticians and Hywel Dda University Health Board to reduce a list of patients waiting for assessment at hospital for eye health concerns.

Paul Skoczek said: ‘We are extremely proud of the services we provide and work tirelessly with secondary healthcare providers to ensure our collaborations have a positive impact on the local community.

'Through our continual investment in cutting-edge equipment and staff training, we are confident the services we offer are of the highest standards.’

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