Why go private?
Since its inception in 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) has grown to become one of the world’s largest publicly funded health service. Nevertheless, because of the increasing burden on the NHS and the difficulties it has experienced in recent years, the future of the service is a concern for all. Over the years, we have seen privatisation of parts of the NHS services and this likely to continue.
Sight testing has been always relatively small part of the NHS, designed to offer a basic level of care to those who cannot afford to go private. Because NHS sight testing is poorly funded, often appointment times are limited to 10-15 minutes and there no funding towards new technology.
Advantages of Private Eyecare
- You can be seen quicker and referred to specialist sooner. When you are worried about your eye health, the last thing you need is added anxiety due to long waiting times.
- You can choose as to who will examine your eyes. We only employ experienced practitioners who have also worked in the NHS. Learn more about their experience and areas of interest by vising our website.
- You will benefit from state-of-the-art technology. By being private, we are not restricted by the NHS and so we will continue to invest in the best technology to look after your eyes.
- You get continuity and one-to-one care by seeing the same practitioner. To build your true eye health profile, your optometrist will need to see you over a few visits.
- You will be treated as a person and not a number. Most NHS practices work on volume and that is what makes the underfunded service viable. Being private means that we are not focused on the numbers. We will allocate the time that is required to satisfy your eye health needs.
- Having reduced patient flow allows us to offer a better level of privacy and keep our practice clean.
Does going private affect my healthcare with my GP and NHS Hospitals?
No. Having private eyecare does not result in any changes to the care you receive from your GP and we will work with your GP/NHS Hospital should you require further care.
What will it cost?
Our Gold Plan, priced at £8 per month, covers all costs relating to your eyecare needs at the practice. It is made up of your optometrist’s fees, support staff fees, equipment costs and the practice overheads including licencing. The Gold Plan offers exceptional value when it comes to comprehensive eyecare with Optomap and 3D OCT scanning technology. If you have private medical insurance, you may be able to claim back the cost of your examination, spectacles and contact lenses.