2 November 2022
Optical Express – London (Harley Street) Clinic is operated by Optical Express Limited. Optical Express Limited offers general optometric services (which is outside the CQC scope of registration) and refractive eye surgery in clinics across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe.
Optical Express – London (Harley Street) provides laser vision correction procedures for adults aged 18 years and above. The clinic registered with the CQC in October 2013 and has had a registered manager in post since 2013. The service is registered to provide the following regulated activities:
- Surgical procedures
- Diagnostic and screening procedures
- Treatment of disease, disorder and injury
The clinic is based on the ground floor of a multi-purpose building. Patients are self-referring and privately funded. The clinic has three consulting rooms, three patient advisor rooms, a laser procedure room, a treatment room, a pre-screening room, pre and post-operative rooms and patient waiting areas.
The service was last inspected in September 2017. At that time the CQC did not have a legal duty to rate refractive eye surgery services.
2 November 2022
We had not previously rated this service. We rated it as good because:
- The service had enough staff to care for patients and keep them safe. Staff had training in key skills, understood how to protect patients from abuse, and managed safety well. The service controlled infection risk well. Staff assessed risks to patients, acted on them and kept good care records. They managed medicines well. The service managed safety incidents well and learned lessons from them.
- Staff provided good care and treatment, gave patients enough to eat and drink, and gave them pain relief when they needed it. Managers monitored the effectiveness of the service and made sure staff were competent. Staff worked well together for the benefit of patients, supported them to make decisions about their care, and had access to good information.
- Staff treated patients with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity, took account of their individual needs, and helped them understand their conditions. They provided emotional support to patients, families and carers.
- The service planned care to meet the needs of local people, took account of patients’ individual needs, and made it easy for people to give feedback. People could access the service when they needed it and did not have to wait too long for treatment.
- Leaders ran services well using reliable information systems and supported staff to develop their skills. Staff understood the service’s vision and values, and how to apply them in their work. Staff felt respected, supported and valued. They were focused on the needs of patients receiving care. Staff were clear about their roles and accountabilities. The service engaged well with patients and the community to plan and manage services and all staff were committed to improving services continually.
2 November 2022
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