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New healthcare clinics formally open

Speaker of the House of Commons formally opens new City University London healthcare clinics

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, has formally opened two new clinics which will enable City University London to deliver cutting-edge healthcare and training to students, researchers and patients.

Located in the heart of London the new state-of-the-art optometry and speech and language facilities, known as City Sight and the Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre respectively, will provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision and language sciences.

City Sight delivers a wide range of eye care services to the general public and local businesses. These services include comprehensive eye examinations using the latest equipment and techniques including 3D OCT cameras used to screen conditions including glaucoma, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration.

The clinic also has specialist clinics for children, contact lenses, binocular vision problems, specific learning difficulties, visual impairment and colour vision defects. In 2015 City Sight also delivered approximately 2,500 free eye exams, 920 contact lens appointments, and also saw around 300 children in paediatric clinics.

The Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre offers a range of cutting-edge intervention services for clients including for conditions such as people who stammer, those with special educational needs and children and adults with deafness. The Centre also provides an excellent quality of supervision and training for speech and language therapy students and is active in research. It was named in honour of Professor Roberta Williams, who sadly passed away in 2015 having worked at as a speech and language therapist at City for over thirty years.

Forming part of the School of Health Sciences, the clinics will complement the existing Clinical Skills Suite at City and enable students to do their clinical training using cutting-edge equipment. As a result, the facilities will provide students with the tools and training to help them go on to become future leaders in their respective fields, ultimately contributing to high quality outcomes for patients.

Professor Stanton Newman, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at City University London, said:

“These new clinics are a major advancement of the School’s activities in the delivery of care, research and education. Combining state-of-the-art facilities, industry leading teaching and ground breaking research, the School of Health Sciences at City is a place where patients, students and academics can come and benefit from our excellent research and innovation.

“As a result, the launch of these centres continues our commitment to leading care for those in London and the local community, but also the best possible education for our students and environment for our academics. Our students, with the excellent education they will receive, will also get the best possible clinical training experience from the latest technology, enabling them to go on and become leaders in healthcare.”

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