Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:22 BST on Monday, 23rd July 2012.
 
Cumbernauld now has four LENS locations

Cumbernauld is now one of many town’s throughout Lanarkshire which will benefit from the expansion of the Lanarkshire Eye-health Network Services (LENS).

 

NHS Lanarkshire’s LENS have been expanded meaning that twenty new optometric practices have now joined the service, which offers patients an appointment for any concerns they may have regarding their eye health or a minor eye injury. The service aims to make sure that eye patients see the most appropriate practitioner.

 

One of the new practices involved is Connolly Opticians in Blantyre, which has seen over 35 patients in their first month since joining the service.

 

Nicola Connolly, Partner Optometrist at Connolly Opticians, said: “LENS enables a patient to come into the practice where they can have their eye problem diagnosed and be given the medication they may need, avoiding trips to their GP and pharmacy. It’s a really quick service.

 

“If their eye problem is a little more problematic, we can call the Ophthalmology

Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) at the hospital, which can give us advice or can book an appointment for the patient at the eye clinic.

 

“The service also encourages people to come in for regular eye checks. A lot of people can be worried about coming in for a routine appointment. However, if they visit us for an eye problem, they won’t be concerned about coming in for future checks.”

 

People in Cumbernauld are able to use the local LENS facilities, which are available at the following locations in Cumbernauld.

 

Specsavers

8 Teviot Walk

Cumbernauld

G67 1NG

01236 739534

 

FA Munro Opticians

Larch Road

Abronhill Shopping Centre

Cumbernauld G67 3AZ

01236 451494

 

R&J McLachlan

Opticians

14 Tay Walk

Cumbernauld

G67 1BU

01236 731713

 

Boots Opticians

5 Teviot Walk

Cumbernauld Centre

Cumbernauld

G67 1NG

01236 733140

 

One patient who has taken advantage of the service is Greg Beveridge from

Motherwell, who contacted the practice after noticing that his eye was red and sore.

 

Greg said: “I have a reoccurring virus which causes an ulcer in my eye. Normally, I would visit my GP and then go to the hospital, which can take quite a bit of time.

 

“This time I contacted the opticians. Within an hour of arriving at the practice, I had my medication in my hand and I was on my way home. I didn’t even need to go to the pharmacy.”

 

There are now 59 practices and over 90 optometrists taking part in the service since

it began in November 2010. To find out which practices are involved, call 08453 130

130 or visit www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/services/LENS.