Opticians marks upcoming centenary with new investments and developments

A long standing South Shields opticians is going from strength to strength following new investments and developments in the business.
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S. Walton Eyecare based on Stanhope Road has been part of the community for almost 100 years and has always prided itself in taking care of patients with each practice owner.

As eyecare has evolved since the opticians first opened in 1926, the clinic has undergone some recent developments implemented by Kaye Winship who has been practice manager for the last 16 years.

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Kaye secured some funding which has helped towards implementing a marketing strategy, a new website and recruitment of a PR consultant to help drive the business forward.

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As well as recruiting staff the opticians has also seen the introduction of second consulting room enabling additional appointment slots and the introduction of a new state-of-the-art OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography).

The business offer more than just eyecare and also included services from a hearing care specialist and Step Right Podiatry offering podiatry care making it a one-stop shop for healthcare needs.

Richard Shirbon of Step Right Podiatry Richard Shirbon of Step Right Podiatry
Richard Shirbon of Step Right Podiatry
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When asked if there were any plans to expand or move the business, Kaye said: "The people of Tyne Dock need healthcare access and one of the reasons we love being in Tyne Dock is being part of this community.

"I think we could expand we've got loads of potential and I feel we've only just started after 97 years and that's why we've invested tens of thousands of pounds in the new technology and the marketing."

Kaye Winship, Optometric Director at S.Walton EyecareKaye Winship, Optometric Director at S.Walton Eyecare
Kaye Winship, Optometric Director at S.Walton Eyecare

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about this weekend's summer parade S Walton Eyecare has also signed up South Tyneside Pledge where organisations across the borough commit to taking small steps to boost local economic activity, reduce health inequalities, reduce carbon emissions and enhance civic pride.

The business has always been at the heart of serving the community from sponsoring Westoe RFC to supporting charities such as food collections for Key, eye examinations for Emmaus North East residents and raising funds for Diabetes UK.

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