Opticians in Calderdale and Kirklees are now accredited by the NHS to provide a range of eye care services, which will help people to access help and treatment more quickly.
First port of call for the millions of people who suffer from minor eye conditions has traditionally been the GP surgery, local hospital or pharmacy but now Specsavers in Huddersfield offers walk-in services for minor eye conditions on behalf of the NHS, delivered by one of their qualified optometrists. Appointments are available seven days a week and there is no cost to the customer.
Practices in the area can investigate and help manage a number of minor eye conditions, including red or watering eye and dry or sticky eye. Optometrists can also help assess cataracts and advise patients on the options for care and treatment and provide follow-up appointments after operations. Most practices also offer a glaucoma monitoring service and some run a diabetic screening programme. Delivered on behalf of the NHS there is no cost to the customer for these services and appointments can be booked at short notice. People can book appointments at practices themselves or can be referred by their GPs or other healthcare professionals.
The contracts with the Greater Huddersfield, Calderdale and North Kirklees CCGs are run through the Calderdale and Kirklees Local Optical Committee (LOC).
LOC vice chairman and Specsavers Huddersfield store director Richard Hurdley comments ‘The LOC has always been a champion of the importance of regular eye tests and general eye health. We are proud to take our clinical expertise a stage further and enhance the level of care we can offer people in Calderdale and Kirklees with the added benefit of helping to reduce the pressure on our local NHS services.’
Practices in Calderdale and Kirklees can detect and manage minor eye conditions, including red eye, dry eye and floaters on the same day. Help with more complex conditions will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.