Specsavers in Newport has been shortlisted as one of five businesses in the UK to be nominated in the ‘Enhanced Optical Service’ category at the Optician Awards, which recognises excellence in primary eyecare services delivered in the community.

The Friars Walk store is also one of four businesses nominated for ‘Multiple Practice of the Year’, which awards an optical outlet that best demonstrates its clinical, commercial and community success.

No stranger to accolades

The store is no stranger to accolades, having recently scooped the ‘Special Award in Clinical Excellence’ at Specsavers’ national award ceremony, in which it was recognised for its collaboration with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to open an Ophthalmic Diagnostic Treatment Centre (ODTC), with funding from the Welsh Government.

‘It’s fantastic to get national recognition in two key categories at the Optician Awards, especially as we’ve just scooped an award for clinical excellence from Specsavers,’ says store director, Craig MacKenzie.

The ODTC, which opened in September 2016, sees Specsavers optometrists provide initial screening and referrals for people with symptoms of Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD).

‘We provide an essential service’

Mr MacKenzie added: ‘The team here has worked so hard since 2014 to ensure the collaboration with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board was a success.

‘Everything we do here at Friars Walk is with a view to improving the care given to members of our community. Whether that’s supporting local charities, collaborating with other healthcare providers, or investing in our staff and equipment - we feel we provide an essential service that looks after our customers’ eye and ear health.’

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