First SPECTRALIS SPIRIT installed at new independent practice

Nishit Patel
Hemel Hemstead, UK – The first SPECTRALIS SPIRIT – Heidelberg Engineering’s new OCT device – has just been installed at a re-launched independent practice in south-east London.

Aston-trained optometrist, Nishit Patel, and his wife Jinal opened the Orpington Eye Care Centre just two months ago and OCT was high on the list of priorities for the revitalised practice –

“I am looking to work closely with the NHS to provide shared care. As I will have a strong clinical focus to the business I was looking for a good OCT with accurate and consistent scanning. I am continuing to work part-time in medical retina at Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust so I have been well placed to discuss the options with the medical retinal specialists. Heidelberg Engineering came highly recommended and I am starting with the SPECTRALIS SPIRIT as I believe it has all the functionality our practice needs at this stage. If, in the future, I want to, I can convert the functionality to a full SPECTRALIS device.”

Nishit, who is soon to complete the independent prescribing course, is looking specifically at shared care in medical retina and glaucoma management –

“It is a very exciting time for optometry as we have the opportunity to move more into the clinical care side. I really love the SPECTRALIS SPIRIT, as having used OCT so much in the hospital environment I feel that I am not carrying out a thorough eye examination without it. It is so quick and easy to use, and with Heidelberg Engineering’s training my support staff will soon be undertaking the acquisition of images. The idea of OCT has been positively received by the patients too who appreciate the greater level of care.”


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