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  • Smiling SpaMedica patient pictured with her dog

    Former footballer’s wife is living life in full colour following ‘marvellous’ cataract surgery at SpaMedica

    17 / 05 / 24

    Vision loss can be so gradual that it, ironically, often goes unnoticed. This was the case for 85-year-old Jennifer Hardwick, who lives in Yarm, North Yorkshire.   “I thought there was a problem with my washing machine,” she explains of her deteriorating sight. “I’d wash my jumpers, but when…

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    Life-threatening sepsis infection prompts Colchester resident to have ‘amazing’ cataract surgery

    23 / 02 / 24

    For the first time in over 20 years, retiree – and cancer survivor – Audley Byfield is enjoying clear vision without glasses. As a former electronics technician, Audley has always understood the importance of looking after his eyes – but it was only after a life-threatening sepsis infection…

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    Grandmother-of-11 Rose praises ‘magic’ NHS cataract surgery for transforming her life

    24 / 01 / 24

    A grandmother of 11 who was forced to retire due to failing sight and ill health says she ‘can’t believe the difference in herself’ following ‘magic’ NHS cataract surgery at SpaMedica. Rose Callcott (68) had become increasingly concerned by changes in her vision. She explained: “Over several months,…

  • Picture of SpaMedica patient Tony Mills

    Cricket fan Tony credits cataract surgery at SpaMedica with improving his mental health

    15 / 11 / 23

    A retired businessman from Derbyshire says his wellbeing and ‘every aspect of life’ has been transformed following NHS cataract surgery. Tony Mills, 65, from Crich, had experienced ‘changing’ eyesight for several years and took drops for ocular hypertension. Yet he noticed that his eyes were deteriorating further, and…

  • Female patient pictured with hospital manager holding a certificate to celebrate the hospital's 20,000th patient milestone

    Carol praises cataract surgery at SpaMedica Wakefield and celebrates becoming the hospital’s 20,000th patient

    A Wakefield resident is celebrating following ‘amazing’ NHS cataract surgery at SpaMedica on Silkwood Park, Ossett – and discovered she is the 20,000th patient to have received the treatment at the hospital since it opened in 2016. Carol Eastwood, aged 75, learned she was the landmark patient when…

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    Norfolk business owner set to tackle 200-mile charity cycle challenge, after ‘remarkable’ NHS cataract treatment at SpaMedica

    01 / 02 / 23

    Following successful NHS cataract treatment at SpaMedica, 63-year-old Mark Greenwood is set to embark on a gruelling cycling challenge – in support of cataract sufferers in remote overseas locations, who struggle to access the same crucial surgery. Mark, who lives in Aslacton, near Norwich, first noticed his own…

  • Happy SpaMedica patient with face mask wearing eye mask in reception post surgery

    Clear sight is a ‘revelation’ for Yaxley resident following ‘life-changing’ cataract surgery

    12 / 12 / 22

    A Yaxley resident who started wearing glasses at the age of six has credited cataract surgery for ‘changing his life’. Steve Low, 73, had been struggling with his vision in both eyes due to worsening cataracts, and was referred for surgery following an eye test. After seeing an…

  • 3 ecstatic women watching football on the couch and drinking orange juice

    ‘Cataract surgery changed my life’ – now SpaMedica patient is back to doing the hobbies she loves

    11 / 12 / 22

    A grandmother with deteriorating vision – which meant she could no longer watch football on the TV or share her passion for reading with her grandchildren – says her quality of life has been restored, following successful NHS cataract surgery at SpaMedica. Jan Hobbs, 65, was struggling to…

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    Patient turns employee after being ‘blown away’ by ‘amazing’ experience at eye hospital

    12 / 11 / 22

    Gaynor is now on the other side of the desk as a Patient Co-ordinator, following her NHS cataract surgery at SpaMedica Newcastle-under-Lyme resident Gaynor Price was so impressed with the ‘amazing service’ offered to her when attending her local SpaMedica eye hospital that she applied for a job…

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    Cheshire resident ‘beyond grateful’ to cataract surgeon who restored her sight – and made vital tumour referral

    20 / 10 / 22

    A retiree from Cheshire is paying tribute to a Newcastle-Under-Lyme ophthalmic surgeon, who spotted mystery lumps on her eyes and took immediate action to help secure a diagnosis. Marion Taylor, aged 79, is now embarking upon treatment for the growth, after a biopsy at Leighton Hospital. The former…

  • A SpaMedica patient wearing a face mask and talking to someone

    Retired teacher urges others not to delay cataract surgery

    12 / 09 / 22

    Helen Banks hailed surgery at SpaMedica Peterborough ‘painless’ and ‘remarkable.’  A retired Spalding teacher is back behind the wheel with ‘complete confidence’ following two cataract surgeries – and is encouraging others to not put off the procedure.   Helen, a grandmother of four who is still involved in school governance,…

  • SpaMedica nurses laughing away with patient checking details before surgery

    Eye on the ball: Lioness Lucy’s gran has sight restored following successful surgery

    05 / 08 / 22

    Ponteland resident – and grandmother of football star Lucy Bronze – says she is back to being able to enjoy reading just three days after successful NHS eye surgery. Gloria Stapylton now has her sights set on being there in person to give her granddaughter and the triumphant…