A new ophthalmology service, specifically for the residents of the Leighton area has been launched at Salisbury House Surgery by independent healthcare provider Blakelands Hospital of Milton Keynes.
The hospital has organised one of their specialist ophthalmic consultants, Bimal Kumar, to hold an outpatient clinic at the Lake Street surgery for conditions such as cataract surgery, capsulotomy, iridotomies, ptosis, lid mal-position correction and minor operations for lid lumps and bumps and watery eyes.
Mr Kumar has been a highly experienced and respected Ophthalmic Consultant in Milton Keynes since 2000 and has completed fellowships in corneoplastics and oculoplastics in Australia prior to this.
This type of outreach clinic is proving very successful in bringing more specialist services out of a hospital setting and into a community location, which enables people more access to localised specialist healthcare, through the power of each patients individual NHS Choice.
Dr Chris Marshall, at Salisbury House Surgery, said: “My GP partners and the surgery staff were very keen to offer premises to Blakelands Hospital and enable this service to be brought to Leighton Buzzard. We look forward to a long and happy relationship on behalf of the local population.”
The new service can be accessed by patients through their optician or GP. The clinic will be open on the second and fourth Monday of every month, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.
Mr Kumar said: “ I think that bringing eye healthcare to the community is the way forward, to encourage patients to look after their eyesight.”