District Council Chairman joins Specsavers co-founder for Norwich clinic launch

Cllr Roger Foulger, the chairman of Broadland District Council, joined co-founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins, to officially open the new state-of-the-art Newmedica eye health clinic and surgical centre this March.

The clinic is based at Lakeside 200 on Broadland Business Park (South). It has been supporting both NHS and private patients across Norfolk since opening in November, but delayed its official opening due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Since opening on 15th November, the team has carried out 343 cataract operations and 750 outpatient appointments. The clinic is able to offer initial appointments within five days of referral from a GP or optician and surgery within two weeks. 

Councillor Foulger said: "I was delighted to be invited to open the new clinic, especially as a recipient of cataract surgery a few years ago myself. The service will make a massive difference for local patients and I wish the team all the luck in the world."

Newmedica Norwich, the latest venture from the independent health provider which operates from 26 locations across England, has already received excellent feedback from local patients.

It is run by six local partners – Karen Hansed, the operations director and five consultant ophthalmologists, Anas Injarie, Aseema Misra, Nuwan Niyadurupola, Narman Puvanachandra and David Spokes, who each work at the clinic one day a week. 

The team at Newmedica Norwich work with local GPs and opticians locally to offer patients quick, safe and effective treatment for their eye conditions, allowing them to regain their eyesight and get them back to the things they love to do. 

The clinic is also now in a position to take on private patients (self-paying and through medical insurance companies) for a wide range of eye conditions, including glaucoma management, Wet AMD (acute macular degeneration) and cataract operations.

Karen Hansed said: "I am immensely proud to be able to offer safe, quick, high-quality and friendly access to a range of eye care treatments, but most of all to be part of a great team giving our lovely patients better sight.

"This has enabled them to regain their independence and do the things they love doing and is such a privilege. It has been fantastic to be able to officially launch our services with so many people.

"I’d like to thank our team for making our patients feel so welcome and special from day one. All of our consultant ophthalmology partners live locally and are available for any post-operative care needed by our patients. They all have strong links with the NHS in the county, alongside being really lovely and approachable of course.

"We look forward to welcoming lots more patients from the West Norfolk, Central Norfolk and Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas through our doors in the coming months and years." 

The picture shows (L-R): Aseema Misra, Anas Injarie, Karen Hansed, Cllr Roger Foulger, Dame Mary Perkins, Nuwan Niyadurupola, Narman Puvanachandra and David Spokes.