After employing eight new staff members and boosting its locum roster to meet its growing demand, Specsavers Haverfordwest is celebrating a spectacular first year in its new premises.
The opticians on Bridge Street has taken on five optical assistants, an administrator, lab technician, optometrist and the services of two additional locums in the last year.
Local AM sees impact
Pembrokeshire assembly member Paul Davies witnessed first-hand the impact of the store’s Wales Eye Care Services (WECS) accreditation, which includes acute eye care and emergency appointments, when he dropped in for a visit.
Optometrist director, Andy Britton, says: ‘Regular eye examinations are an important health check-up and can play a vital role in the detection of various health conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
‘He was able to see the impact free access to eye care through WECS is having on people who meet the criteria in this area. These high-profile visits are important because they help encourage more people to have regular sight tests and these tests pick up all sorts of health conditions.’
'Exceptional, dedicated staff'
The store is expecting another busy year, but its professional development programme means it is prepared. Two employees who began their careers as optical assistants are now fully qualified optometrists, with another hoping to become an optometrist later this year.
Other staff members are completing specialist qualifications in glaucoma, acute eyecare, independent prescribing and an Association of British Dispensing Opticians course in low vision.
Mr Britton adds: ‘We provide an outstanding level of care in-store, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and exceptional, dedicated staff. We are so pleased to have been able to create so many jobs within our local community, especially in such a short amount of time since our relocation and I hope our success continues in 2018.’