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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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September 26, 2023

Julian welcomed Optegra to York by opening their new eye clinic on York Business Park.

Optegra – a network of specialist eye hospitals and clinics across the UK – works with the NHS treating cataracts patients to help bring down waiting times. The clinic aims to bring York’s average waiting time down to six weeks from referral.

Richard Armitage, NHS Director for Optegra, said:

“We are eager to support the NHS as ophthalmology is the second largest waiting list for treatment.

“Our new clinic ensures that individual patients in the region can access cataract surgery in a timely fashion, as well as enjoying a brand-new clinic, accessing leading clinical expertise and all the latest technologies.”

Mr Armitage explained that cataract patients can simply ask their optician or GP to refer them to Optegra Eye Clinic York to be treated by the clinic.

“Even if they are already on a waiting list, they have the right to choose where they are treated, so can request a referral to us and be seen quickly,” he added.

Speaking at the opening, Julian said:

“It is fantastic to welcome this new service to York which will revolutionise treatment for many residents and improve the quality of life for patients.

“Faster treatment will mean patients can get back to living life to the fullest sooner and not live with the restrictions cataracts brings to day-to-day living. 

“I look forward to visiting again and speaking to patients about their experiences.”