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					4th May 2006

Press Release
I spy . . . a brand new eye care scheme
Residents of Middlesbrough and Eston can now access emergency eye care in the community in a brand new scheme organised by Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust (PCT). Middlesbrough PCT has been working in partnership with the Eye Department at James Cook University Hospital to develop the new emergency eye care scheme with local Optometrists. Patients can visit one of four Optometrists across Middlesbrough to be treated for symptoms including: red eye, painful eye, discharge, running eye, blurred vision or sudden loss of vision. Patients do not need to see their GP first. There is no cost to the service other than the usual prescription charges if this is needed. Yvonne Watson, Primary Care Service Manager for Middlesbrough PCT said, “This new service means that patients with emergency eye problems can be seen and treated more quickly, usually the same day, at an optometrist most suitable to them. All treatment can usually take place at the Optometrist with no need to attend hospital. All you have to do is turn up at one of the Optometrists listed and say that you would like to be seen as part of the emergency eye care scheme.” Optometrists with specialist interests that are taking part in the scheme are:  Mr R Barr, Cooper and Flower, 12 Parkway Centre, Coulby Newham – 01642 591459  Ms N Cooper-Heenan, Cooper and Flower, 71 Borough Road, Middlesbrough – 01642 247355  Mr S Craig, I C Craig, 23 Borough Road, Middlesbrough – 01642 243370  Mr K Patel, Specsavers Opticians, 27 Newport Road, Middlesbrough – 01642 222234

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Notes to editors Other similar schemes in the Middlesbrough PCT area include: specialist skin service (dermatology and minor surgery), specialist musculoskeletal service and pain management service. For further information contact Gail Parkin, Communications Officer on 01642 352545 or email gail.parkin@middlesbroughpct.nhs.uk


				
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