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National Opticians Award won by Appleson Optometrists/ Wetherby Eye Clinic

Appleson Optometrists/ Wetherby Eye Clinic have been awarded the prestigious national 2020 Opticians Award for Best Enhanced Optical Service.

The annual awards hosted by Optician magazine are given as accolades to eye care professionals in the UK for excellence across a wide range of categories and are a highlight of the optical calendar.

The Enhanced Optical Service Award is given to the practice that has shown how it has responded to the challenge of providing enhanced community eyecare and specialist services within the NHS, through working with Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Hospital Eye Service and other providers.

Wetherby Eye Clinic was set up as a unique partnership between Appleson Optometrists and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, providing a community ophthalmology service in the practice, delivered in part by specialist optometrists with Higher Diplomas in Glaucoma and Independent Prescribing status. Patients can be seen locally rather than attending the hospital eye clinics.

The judges praised "a near flawless entry which highlighted methods the whole of the profession should be developing. This practice provided the widest range of enhanced services and works well with all allied professionals".

Owner and optometrist Paul Appleson received the award on behalf of the practice. "We are delighted to win the award, as it recognises the value of our innovative business model that doesn't rely on sales of products, bringing together the drive of the NHS to move services into the community, with utilisation of our higher specialist qualifications in the practice. Patients have really appreciated the convenience and quality of the service."

The clinic provides consultant led glaucoma and general ophthalmology services for patients in the Wetherby and North Leeds areas, as part of the Leeds Community Ophthalmology Network.

The video of the ceremony can be viewed at https://www.opticianawards.co.uk/ceremony with this award showing at 28 mins 10secs.

For further information contact: Paul Appleson

Appleson Optometrists/Wetherby Eye Clinic

43 Market Place

Wetherby LS22 6LN

07855 289214

p.appleson@nhs.net