Major investment in ophthalmology partnership
Pictured from left are: Newmedica’s Tim Manners, Nigel Kirkpatrick, Darshak Shah with Specsavers’ Doug Perkins, Giles Edmonds and Paul Morris at the announcement of the new partnership.
Specsavers, the largest optometry provider to the NHS, has made a major investment in a partnership with Newmedica, one of the largest independent ophthalmology providers to the NHS, to improve eye health services for patients in the community.
Doug Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Specsavers, said: ‘Newmedica and Specsavers share a passion for transforming eye health and for focusing on what is best for patients and we are very much looking forward to working together.
‘The investment has only just been made and it is too early to say exactly how the partnership will develop in the future. However, with hospital eye departments under pressure due to an ageing population and an increase in treatable eye conditions, we will be exploring with Newmedica ways in which we can provide NHS ophthalmology services in the community. We envisage that the services would be led by ophthalmologists, and supported by optometrists in our stores.’
Darshak Shah, co-founder and director of Newmedica, added: ‘This represents a significant milestone and a hugely positive development for Newmedica, enabling us to develop the business for a long term future in support of our mission of making eyecare better.’
One of the largest independent clinical ophthalmology service providers in the UK, Newmedica was founded in 2007 to provide eye care services to the NHS. Its philosophy is one of innovation in ophthalmology delivery, changing the way services are delivered to improve clinical quality, patient experience and efficiency.
It operates from 25 community and GP sites, NHS and private hospitals and mobile clinics in England. Services delivered cover the full range of ophthalmology, including outpatients and surgery, adult, paediatric and neonatal ophthalmology. This year Newmedica will deliver 80,000 patient interactions across 20 NHS contracts.