Pictured are members of the Newmedica team with Councillor Tom Munro officially opening the new centre in Barlborough

Council Chair officially opens new eye-health clinic

Our chair, Councillor Tom Munro praised a new sight-saving clinic when he cut the ribbon at the official opening.

Cllr Munro was guest of honour at Newmedica Barlborough’s grand event and was given a tour of the clinic’s state-of-the-art facilities at Midland Place.

The clinic’s range of services include cataract surgery, glaucoma monitoring and oculoplastic clinics.

Cllr Munro said: "This is very exciting for our communities. Local people can now be referred to Newmedica, whose staff will deliver care effectively and to a very high standard. Thank you, Newmedica, for choosing this place and I wish you all luck."

With the pandemic having caused a backlog of surgery for eye operations and other procedures on the NHS, Newmedica Barlborough is assisting the NHS with its waiting lists. The Newmedica Barlborough staff began working at the new clinic earlier this year, but Cllr Munro’s visit marked the site’s official opening.

For the previous six years, staff had delivered eye surgery and care from a site at Barlborough Hospital.

Joanne Fahey, the clinic’s Operational director, said: "Since the move, we have been able to increase the number of patients we see. Our patients are talking about the care and empathy they receive, which is wonderful to hear.

"We are keen for our patients to live their lives to the fullest, with the best eyesight they can have. As we always say to them – keep doing what you love."

Newmedica Barlborough is run by a team of five local partners, operational director Joanne Fahey and consultant ophthalmologists Mr Alexander Brent, Mr Soon Ch’ng, Mr James Tildsley and Mr Moneesh Patel. They are keen to integrate the clinic into Barlborough community life, while also employing and training local people.

Mr Patel said: "I'm a local lad. I love where I live and where I work, and it’s important to me to give back to my community."

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