New Optometry Service For Scilly To Launch In June

St Mary's Health Centre

St Mary’s Health Centre

The Isles of Scilly will soon be getting a new, regular optometry service.

Equipment for sight testing and dispensing spectacles is currently being installed at St Mary’s Health Centre under a new contract with Penzance-based business, Reynolds Opticians.

Alison Williams, who owns and manages the business with her husband, will be based at the Health Centre in a specially commissioned consultation room two days a month, starting on June 1st.

Regular optometry services for the islands were identified as a high priority by LINk4Scilly and included in the terms of the contract awarded to Helston Medical Centre, who run GP services on Scilly.

Lead GP Dr John Garman says he’s delighted that, for the first time in a long while, residents on the Isles of Scilly will benefit from a regular optometry service.

Getting eyes tested and lenses renewed has been haphazard in the past, he said, but the new contract should ensure that people will no longer have to travel to the mainland to access these services.

Demand for the new eye checks is expected to be very high initially and appointments are likely to be prioritised according to clinical need say the surgery.

Anyone wishing to access the service is being asked to register by calling the Health Centre or by dropping in.