One of Glasgow’s newest medical enterprises is entering into a strategic partnership with one of Scotland’s longest-established and most respected health care businesses for the mutual benefit of both their clients.
Glasgow Medical Rooms, one of only two private GPs in Glasgow city centre, which was founded by Dr Sheila O’Neill this summer, is teaming up with Black & Lizars, one of Scotland’s largest independently-owned optometrists.
Glasgow Medical Rooms is one of Scotland’s newest independent general medical practices. It aims to provide a fast, efficient, on-demand medical service for companies, key individuals and staff, and to minimise medical-related downtime.
Black & Lizars, which recently celebrated its 185th birthday, provides a full-range of NHS-supported services and the latest optical care technology for all patients. The Glasgow-based company has 24 branches in Scotland and one in Belfast.
The announcement of the new alliance coincides with National Eye Health Week (Sept 19 to 25) which aims to bring healthcare professionals together to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general wellbeing.
The partnership will facilitate early treatment if medical problems are uncovered during an optical examination and if optical issues present themselves while Dr O’Neill’s patients are undergoing medical examination.
As an example of the type of co-operation which will exist between the practices, patients in Glasgow Medical Rooms could be assessed for macular degeneration and referred to Black & Lizars in Gordon Street, Glasgow, if necessary. Early identification of the condition can reduce the chance of blindness.
Similarly, eye tests by Black & Lizars can detect a range of serious medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular problems, arthritis and even tumours.
Dr O’Neill, who before opening Glasgow Medical Rooms was a partner for 20 years in a very busy inner-city NHS practice on the south side of Glasgow, said the initiative would be beneficial for clients in both companies.
She said: “Black & Lizars is one of the most highly-regarded health care companies in Scotland. It has continually invested in the most up-to-date optical technology. I will be pleased to refer my patients to their expert care for eye and hearing issues.”
Michelle Le Prevost (pictured below), who was appointed as managing director at Black & Lizars earlier this year, also welcomed the new partnership.
She said: “Eye examinations can reveal a number of medical conditions. We want to refer our clients to a highly professional practitioner who shares our ethos of providing the best possible quality of care.”
The strategic partnership will commence this autumn.
For further information about Glasgow Medical Rooms, contact Dr Sheila O’Neill, 211 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5QY. T: 0141 225 0140. E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.glasgowmedicalrooms.com.
For further information about Black & Lizars, contact 17 Robert Drive, Glasgow G51 3HE. T: 0141 445 8380. F: 0141 445 8381. W: www.blackandlizars.com.
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