cole martin tregaskis

optometrists

 

Incorporating:         R Hutchings Optometrists         P Ringe Optometrists

 

Contents

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – COVID-19

Recent news

Introduction

History

Opening hours

Contact Information

How to find us

Complaints

Legal information

 

COVID-19 precautions

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19, the practice continues to follow Government and professional guidelines. This page will always have our latest information. Please be sure you read the at all times section below, as this contains essential advice for anyone visiting the practice.

 

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Description automatically generatedThe official guideline is that because we are providing healthcare and many of our patients are vulnerable, everyone attending the practice should continue to use face masks unless exempt.

 

·       Of course, please do not attend if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

 

·       If you are at particular risk from COVID-19 then the risk of COVID-19 needs to be considered in relation to the severity of ocular symptoms or eye conditions that need to be monitored. If you would like to discuss this, please telephone the practice.

 

·       The service we offer has been modified to maximise the safety from COVID-19, as described below.

 

·       All our staff wear PPE.

 

·       After your eye examination, if you need to see the dispensing team and they are busy, we may ask you to book an appointment with them to avoid waiting.

 

·       We have installed protective screens in reception and dispensing to facilitate the usual social distancing.

 

·       It has always been recommended to obtain spectacles from the practice that carries out the eye examination. At the present time, this is essential to avoid visiting two establishments, which increases the risk of spreading COVID-19. Nearly all our patients obtain their spectacles at our practice. In the unlikely event that you would like to purchase spectacles elsewhere, you should attend that practice for your eye examination.

 

·       During the pandemic, we are seeing an increased number of patients referred to us by other optometrists, GPs, and hospital eye clinics (e.g., Queens Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital). If you are one of these patients, please tell the receptionist when you contact us.

 

·       When you arrange an appointment, please make sure we have an up-to-date mobile telephone number for you. This is so that, if our optometrist is running late, we can telephone you and ask you to stay in your car rather than having to wait in the practice.

 

·       We have state-of-the-art scanning equipment (OCT) which provides a superior view of structures at the back of the eye and can shorten the amount of time we need to spend working in very close proximity to the patient. For those patients who can cope with the stairs, we recommend OCT scans as standard at the present time and the fees and charges for this are explained on the Eyecare page of this website.

 

·       For anyone planning a visit to the practice, please carefully read the information in the At all times section below.

 

At all times

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Description automatically generatedIf you or anyone in your household have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which now are initially like the symptoms of a common cold, you MUST NOT COME to the practice.

 

·       If you attend, please try to come alone or, if necessary (e.g., for a child), bring only one person with you.

 

·       If you need to order contact lenses, please e-mail or telephone the practice.

 

·       On advice from our professional bodies, our staff will be asking more questions than usual about your health, especially whether you have symptoms of COVID-19. We are sorry if we ask you this more than once, but we are sure you will understand that if in doubt, we will err on the side of caution.

 

·       As a healthcare practice, we always take hygiene very seriously and adhere to strict guidelines to ensure our practice remains clean. We have tightened our measures to reduce risk as much as possible.

 

·       When you arrive at the practice, please immediately wash your hands in the downstairs washroom or use the hand sterilising gel at the front desk.

 

·       All our staff wash their hands thoroughly before and after every patient appointment. You will see basins with water and soap in every examination room and the toilets.

 

·       We disinfect our equipment and frames after contact with patients. We sanitise all common areas throughout the day, particularly focusing on touch points such as door handles and credit card machines.

 

·       We are avoiding any unnecessary skin to skin contact such as handshaking.

 

·       We are only accepting payments by credit or debit card. If this is difficult for you, please let us know.

 

·       Please monitor this website for more information.

 

 

Other recent news

Outstanding new optometrist joins the team

Ms Kristina Mihic joined the team in July 2021 and is proving popular with patients, for her excellent clinical skills. Read more about Kristina, and other staff news, in our page on The Team.

 

New directors – same direction

Dr Claire O’Leary and Mrs Anita Shah have joined Professor Bruce Evans as shareholders and co-directors of Cole Martin Tregaskis Ltd. Bruce said “I am delighted that Anita and Claire have shown such commitment to the long-term future of the practice. I have worked with Claire at the practice for over 20 years and she is well-known to patients for her expertise on dry eye. Anita joined the team over 10 years ago, and her higher qualifications in glaucoma and therapeutics are helping us raise our clinical services to an ever-higher level. Anita is increasing the hours she works at the practice. Bruce, who has owned the practice since 1996, is reducing his clinics to two days a week to focus more on his research and writing.

 

Introduction to Cole Martin Tregaskis Optometrists

We are an independent optometric practice devoted to the highest standards of eyecare and to quality eyewear. We provide routine eye examinations and a wide range of designer and non-designer spectacle frames. We also supply a very large range of spectacle lenses, specialising in high index (thin) lenses and varifocal spectacles. We are a Varilux Gold Specialist Centre and are an Approved Seiko Specialist.

 

playWe also provide several specialist investigations and treatments including: all types of contact lenses, dry eye treatment, special visual investigations relating to dyslexia, migraine, and epilepsy, orthoptics and eye exercises, and second opinions. We see patients of all ages, from one week after birth to over 100 years old. The practice has wheelchair access and eye examination and spectacle dispensing facilities downstairs. There is a child-friendly play area.

 

We are one of the largest independent optometric practices in the area, with a list of over 36,000 patients and a team of five optometrists, four dispensers, and nine support staff. However, we are strongly committed to maintaining personal care for our patients. We always try to arrange patients’ appointments with the same optometrist, so that a continuing relationship can be established between patient and practitioner. Altogether, our staff have over 100 years of combined experience at providing eyecare to the public.

 

Our independent status means that we can order spectacle frames, lenses, and contact lenses from virtually any supplier. Indeed, we have accounts with well over 50 suppliers. This gives us freedom to order the best optical products for our patients.

 

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History

IMG_0730The practice was founded in 1947 by Philip Cole. Mr Cole (OBE) is a well-known figure in the optometric profession and was founding President of the British College of Optometrists.

 

Mr Cole was joined by Mr Tony Martin and Mr Tony Tregaskis, who both worked at the practice for more than 20 years. Professor Bruce Evans joined the practice in 1988 and took over the helm in 1996. Sadly, Tony Martin passed away in 1995 and Tony Tregaskis retired in 1998. Philip Cole passed away in January 2019. Dr Cole made an outstanding contribution to the development of the profession of optometry in the UK and his obituary can be found here. Professor Evans decided to keep the name, Cole Martin Tregaskis Optometrists, to signify a commitment to continue the high standards set by the three practitioners who had done so much to build a reputation for excellence.

 

In 1998 the practice moved to more spacious premises at 23 Shenfield Road, the main road joining Shenfield and Brentwood. Also in 1998, two other local independent optometrists retired, Mr Peter Ringe and Mr Richard Hutchings. These practitioners invited us to continue to care for their patients. In 2004 the reception and dispensing areas were refurbished to increase the capacity for spectacle frames. We now have about 1,000 frames, most of which are on display and including many designer makes. Anyone is very welcome to come in at any time and browse. For more information about our spectacles and dispensing services please click on Spectacles. In 2014 the practice was refurbished to improve sound insulation and improve our environmental footprint. In 2019 Mrs Anita Shah and Dr Claire O’Leary joined Professor Bruce Evans as shareholders and co-directors of the company. The latest information about the practice can be found on our Practice Newsletter, which can be accessed by clicking on Practice Newsletter.

 

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Opening Hours

Monday         9:00 to 5:00

Tuesday        9:00 to 5:00

Wednesday   9:00 to 5:00

Thursday       9:00 to 7:00

Friday           9:00 to 5:00

Saturday       9:00 to 4:00

 

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Contact Information

E-mail address

info@cmt-optometrists.co.uk

Web address

www.cmt-optometrists.co.uk 

Phone

01277 211164

Fax

01277 213312

Address

23 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AG

 

Car parking

There are public car parks a short walk away in the town centre. There is also parking available nearby in Sawyers Hall Lane, although there is considerable demand for these spaces especially at the beginning and end of the school day.

 

There is limited parking at the front of the practice reserved for disabled patients, although it is not possible to guarantee these spaces will be available. We ask patients to only use these spaces if they are unable to walk far.

 

 

How to find us

By rail

We are a 10 minute taxi ride from either Shenfield Station or Brentwood Station. Both are on the direct line from Liverpool Street Station in London. Although Shenfield is furthest, there are fast trains that make their first or second stop at Shenfield.

Directions from the M25

- exit at Junction 28 taking A1023 to Brentwood

- the practice is on the left exactly 0.1 miles after the second of these mini roundabouts

- telephone: 01277 211164

To download a map, click here: Map to Cole Martin Tregaskis Optometrists

Information on car parking is provided above.

 

Complaints

We take great pride in the standard of service we offer and most patients are so pleased with our service that they recommend us to their friends. But in the unlikely event that our care or products fall below the standards you expect then please write to the Practice Manager, Mrs Lesley Barnett.

 

Privacy notice

We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and take matters of personal privacy very seriously. In our capacity as health care providers, we store and process personal data (e.g., name, date of birth, contact details). The clinical data we store is contained in a state-of-the-art computer database from leading supplier which is encrypted and GDPR compliant.

 

We will contact you about eyecare matters, most commonly when you are due or overdue for an eye examination. If you would prefer that we do not contact you in this way, then please tell reception. We will not contact you for marketing reasons.

 

In accordance with professional guidelines, we keep patient records for at least 10 years after you were last seen, longer for children. We keep this information for clinical and clinico-legal reasons.

 

If a third party contacts us asking for information about you we will not provide this unless you have specifically requested in writing for us to do so. The practice believes in the importance of research and education. We sometimes allow researchers or educators to access anonymous practice data for purposes of research or education. We stress that no data is taken from the practice for these purposes unless it has been fully anonymised. We take care to follow the advice of the Information Commissioner’s Office on data anonymisation and to avoid providing any information that could allow re-identification. This involves removing or masking personal details (name, address, telephone number, e-mail addresses). Such anonymised data will not be made publicly available but will only be provided to specific individuals for the uses detailed above. If you would like to opt out of this use of anonymised data please write or e-mail the Practice Manager, who is the Data Protection Officer (DPO).

 

Further information on information governance at this practice is available in our IGT leaflet. If you have any concerns or a complaint about how we store or process your personal data, then please contact the Practice Manager (DPO). If you are not content with the way a complaint has been resolved please contact one of the Directors, listed below. If you would like to escalate a complaint further, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ico.org.uk).

 

Legal information

On 1st May 2010 Cole Martin Tregaskis Optometrists became incorporated as Cole Martin Tregaskis Ltd (Registered in England, Company No. 7214391; Registered Office: Summit House, 13 High Street, London, E11 2AA). The company directors are Professor Bruce Evans, Mrs Anita Shah, Dr Claire O’Leary.

 

The practice is registered with the General Optical Council (CO-3814).

 

                                                              Last updated 16 February 2022

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