New eye care vision for region’s residents
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.