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30 Oct 2023

CHEC treats first surgical eye patients at Sheffield hospital

Community Health and Eyecare Ltd Stand: WH-I42
CHEC treats first surgical eye patients at Sheffield hospital

We have marked a clinical milestone after treating our first surgical eye patients at the recently opened Sheffield hospital.

One of the first patients to benefit from CHEC’s community cataract procedures was Mr Jeremy Holmes. Aged 79, Mr Holmes was grateful to be referred to CHEC after waiting more than six months since his initial diagnosis.

“Not being able to see properly has had a serious impact on my quality of life. I used to live a very active life and wouldn’t think twice about driving up to Cumbria to go salmon fishing – one of my biggest passions. Losing sight in both eyes has left me reliant on friends to take me places, and unable to go fishing independently. I can’t wait to get that independence and freedom back.”

Accessing CHEC’s services in the community has expedited Mr Holme’s treatment, with the Home to Hospital™ pick up service being a key benefit: “My wife isn’t hugely confident at driving these days, so having CHEC take us door-to-door for the operation has made it much easier, and given us peace of mind.” 

Working in partnership with the NHS, we are helping to reduce waiting times in Sheffield and the surrounding areas by making essential treatments more accessible in the community. “By choosing CHEC, patients can typically access cataract surgery in under 4 weeks,” explains Christopher Randall, Hospital Manager. 

“Patient choice and care are front and centre of our operations at CHEC, and we’ve developed a wide range of initiatives to make it easier for people to access the healthcare services they need. But the most rewarding part is seeing the impact our community-based healthcare has on people like Mr Holmes.” 

Based in a new state-of the-art treatment centre at Sheffield Business Park, the community care facility started seeing patients mid-September and has already completed over 50 appointments. Alongside ophthalmology services, CHEC also provides gastroenterology services with a dedicated clinical team and on-site endoscopy suite. 

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