New eye care vi­sion for re­gion’s res­i­dents

Macclesfield Express - - GROSVENOR CENTRE ROW -

THREE new eye care spe­cial­ists will en­sure res­i­dents with eye con­di­tions can get bet­ter treat­ment.

NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), which buys and plans much of the area’s health­care ser­vices, has ap­pointed three new providers of elec­tive oph­thal­mol­ogy ser­vices, such as care for cataracts and glau­coma.

Dr Paul Bowen, ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG and a GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, said: “One in five peo­ple in East­ern Cheshire is over 65, and one in 20 of our res­i­dents has di­a­betes, mean­ing in­vest­ing in pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures such as oph­thal­mol­ogy ser­vices is es­sen­tial, not only for the health of our res­i­dents, but also for the long-term fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity of the lo­cal NHS.”

The CCG has awarded three-year con­tracts to in­de­pen­dent providers Opte­gra, HCA The Wilm­slow Hos­pi­tal at 52 Alder­ley Road and Com­mu­nity Health and Eye Care Ltd, who will now pro­vide non­emer­gency oph­thal­mol­ogy ser­vices in East­ern Cheshire.

Al­though the providers are from the pri­vate sec­tor, they will pro­vide NHS care and be sub­ject to NHS con­tracts.

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