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Eyes have it for new tenant at Aspen Centre


Richard Graham MP has opened a new eyecare clinic in space at one of our primary care buildings in Gloucester.

The Newmedica clinic in the Aspen Centre is open to both NHS and private patients, with the aim of offering greater choice and reduced waiting times for ophthalmology services.

All treatment and care offered at the clinic is consultant-led, with services including cataract surgery and glaucoma management from a team working in conjunction with the NHS, local optometrists and GPs to help offer a fast track community ophthalmology service.

Newmedica clinical director, Nigel Kirkpatrick MD FRCOphth, says: “Our focus here is to offer patients the highest quality eyecare – accessible and affordable for all – in a state-of-the-art, clean and comfortable environment. We welcome referrals from all high street opticians, as well as direct from GPs, and are focussed on providing a community-based surgical option which will help support existing NHS services provided by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Trust.”

The clinic includes both diagnostics and treatment where appropriate, covering outpatient consultations and diagnostic scans, cataract surgery, YAG laser capsulotomy, oculoplastics and treatment for glaucoma, peripheral iridotomy and surgical retina services (excluding AMD).

George Coulson, our portfolio manager adds: “This is a great example of why primary care buildings must offer space and flexibility to accommodate lots of different healthcare services under one roof – it helps the NHS offer services closer to home and means patients don’t have to travel so far for the treatments they need. We’re delighted to see Newmedica launching this pilot and wish the team every success.”

Newmedica is partnered with Specsavers, the largest optometry provider to the NHS.