Optometry Services Still ‘Don’t Work Well’ In Scilly

St Mary's Health Centre

St Mary’s Health Centre

Scilly’s Healthwatch has said optometry services are “top of the list of things that don’t work well” on the islands.

It was hoped that regular visits by opticians would start in June, after a contract was awarded to a family business, Reynolds, in Penzance.

But even though the Health Centre has spent money on fitting out a room and installing the equipment, the service still hasn’t started.

Healthwatch has been pushing for several years for better access to eye testing for residents, particularly those in vulnerable groups like the elderly and diabetics.

At last month’s Health and Wellbeing meeting, Adult Social Care Manager, Gareth Peters, said some elderly patients in Scilly had become housebound because they couldn’t get their eyes tested.

Lead GP, Dr John Garman says there have been a few contractual issues that they’ve been working on with both Reynolds and NHS England.

But he said things are looking positive for a start before Christmas.

When the service does start, John says the practice will be contacting those most at risk to ensure they get priority.



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