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Optical Express surgery centres receive industry-first accreditation for patient safety

Optical Express surgery centres in Glasgow and Bristol have been commended for the exacting standards of care they offer patients.  The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), a leading authority in patient safety, has recognised the Optical Express surgery centres as achieving its ‘gold standard’ level for operating theatres.

Optical Express centres have received accreditation from the charity after completing the AfPP Perioperative Audit Tool, which sets high safety requirements and forms the ‘gold standard’ for operating theatre departments in providing the best possible care for patients.

Optical Express is the first eyecare provider to achieve the accreditation, having commissioned the AfPP to carry out independent audits of all its intraocular lens surgery centres in the UK. Clinics in Glasgow and Bristol have been the first to undergo the assessment, with the provider’s other centres due to be assessed throughout the course of the year.

The AfPP Perioperative Audit Tool, which was relaunched in 2019, is designed to help NHS and private sector theatre practitioners create the safest possible environment for patients by building on the standard audit carried out by other regulators.

Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director, said:

“Congratulations to our excellent teams in Glasgow and Bristol who have achieved accreditation from the Association for Perioperative Practice.  It’s great that the first-rate work of our clinical teams has been recognised and it demonstrates the high standard of care we give to our patients. We’re proud to be the first eye care provider to be recognised by the well-renowned AfPP and to be pioneering new ways to ensure the ophthalmic sector sets the highest possible safety standards.”

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