For the customers of a Haverfordwest opticians, GP visits for eye care prescriptions will soon be a thing of the past.
The co-director of Specsavers Haverfordwest, Andy Britton, has passed the Postgraduate Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Optometrists at Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Once fully qualified, he will be able to prescribe eye treatments for people – saving patients a GP visit.
Mr Britton, director at Specsavers Haverfordwest, says: ‘This qualification not only enables me to better treat our customers, but it also eases some pressures off the local surgeries.’
Mr Britton is now able to recommend treatment to a patient’s GP, then once he completes some hospital-based clinics and passes a final exam he will be able to prescribe directly.
Easing pressures on the NHS
Mr Britton continues: ‘For now, the patient will still have to go to their GP for the prescription, but I can take some of that pressure off by having already examined them and recommending treatment.
‘Earlier this year, myself and one of our optometrists, Sean, also completed a Professional Certificate in Glaucoma, which compliments the Specsavers-organised training the team received in conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association. We are committed to providing the best service we can to our customers and continue to upskill in areas of optics affecting Pembrokeshire people.’