13th May 2024
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New SpaMedica eye hospital opens in Carlisle, offering free NHS cataract surgery in just 4 to 8 weeks

A new, state-of-the-art eye hospital has opened in Carlisle, offering short waiting times and high-quality care to NHS patients requiring cataract surgery and YAG laser capsulotomy. 

SpaMedica, one of the UK’s leading providers of NHS eye services, recently opened its new site on Port Road in Carlisle. The hospital is the permanent home for SpaMedica in the city, replacing its temporary clinic on Locke Road, which opened in October 2023.  

The team’s exceptional care for Carlisle residents has been praised in several five-star reviews posted to the NHS website.  

Eileen Burdon – who attended SpaMedica Carlisle’s temporary site for cataract surgery – said she was “extremely happy with the whole experience from pre-op assessment to surgery,” describing staff as “very friendly and caring.” Other patients described their experience as “brilliant” and “fantastic.” 

Since launching in 2008, SpaMedica has successfully treated thousands of NHS patients, with over 17,000 five-star reviews on the NHS website. SpaMedica’s hospitals also have some of the lowest complication rates nationally and have secured excellent feedback during inspections by the Care Quality Commission, with 13 hospitals achieving the top ‘Outstanding’ rating.   

Hospital manager Mary Kelly said: “We’re delighted to open our new, permanent site on Port Road. It’s fantastic to have the additional space as it means we’re able to support even more patients in the local area, helping them to get their independence and quality of life back as soon as possible.”  

One of over 50 SpaMedica hospitals in the UK, SpaMedica Carlisle provides a comfortable, welcoming environment for patients and their families, plus free parking. It also offers a free door-to-door transport service for those who find it difficult to travel to and from appointments.  

Mary Kelly added: “Our skilled surgeons and healthcare professionals are dedicated to delivering the best possible care. We pride ourselves on our personalised approach, treating patients like family – we want them to feel completely at ease because we know what a huge difference cataract surgery can make.” 

NHS patients in England who need cataract surgery can choose which hospital they attend and discuss the best option for their individual needs with their optician or GP. 

Cataracts Symptoms 

You may experience one or more of the following symptoms if you have cataracts: 

  • Blurred vision  
  • Difficulty driving at night  
  • Difficulty watching television and reading  
  • Being dazzled by sunlight and/or bright lights such as the headlights of an oncoming car  
  • Fading of colours  
  • Frequent changes to your spectacle or contact lens prescription  

It’s best to see an optician if you think you have cataracts. They will perform a thorough eye check and will be able to refer you for treatment if needed. In England patients can choose which provider they have cataract surgery with. 

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