Centre for Sight – An Award Winning Organisation
A well-kept secret with over 20 years of eye excellence, focused on patient experience, outstanding outcomes and close industry collaboration, Centre for Sight truly is a World Class surgical eye care provider and recognised by the ophthalmic industry as a centre of excellence and point of reference and continues its pioneering work in Laser eye surgery, Cataract surgery and Laser lens replacement.
Drive through a winding country road towards East Grinstead and next to the Bluebell railway line is a curious looking building that looks like a modern barn. This award winning building is the flagship hospital of one of UK’s most modern surgical eye centres with a national and international reputation – Centre for Sight.
Established in 1996 initially at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, the centre has through its reputation, experience and expertise grown considerably with other locations in London and Oxshott, Surrey.
Pioneering Laser Eye Surgery
The Centre was founded by eye surgeon Sheraz Daya, who had the desire to provide patients with complete care under one roof with consistently good outcomes and a wonderful experience. The Centre in its first 10 years became well known nationally and internationally for pioneering work in Laser eye surgery developing and teaching new techniques as well as introducing to the UK new technology like the Intralase femtosecond laser now the gold standard for Lasik laser eye surgery.
Technology & Patient Experience
What makes the Centre different? “In the 21st Century, there is no need to treat eye patients in a cold sterile hospital environment” explains Mr Daya, “At Centre for Sight we decided to change that traditional point of view completely”. Although the building in East Grinstead looks like a modern barn (a requirement by the planners), it is actually a high-tech eye surgery centre and is amongst the most modern and advanced in the UK. This is not immediately apparent to patients as they enter, but they quickly transition from the traditional English countryside and comfortable reception area to sophisticated diagnostic and consultation rooms and, when required, the “Star Trek” like operating theatres.
Cataract, High performance lens implants, Corneal transplants & Stem cells
Although Centre for Sight developed its early reputation and growth in the speciality of laser vision correction, it has continued to be involved in technology, and has contributed to the development of lasers for cataract surgery as well as high performance lenses used to eliminate the need for glasses for reading, intermediate and distance. Also, with special expertise in corneal and stem cell transplants, the centre has performed pioneering work in this area and not so long ago was featured in the documentary “The Science of Seeing” with Katie Piper who underwent stem cell transplants at the Centre. As recently reported in the news, an exciting future development by Centre for Sight surgeons is synthetic or artificial cornea.
ISO 9001, 14001 & 27001 and the Care Quality Commission
Remaining true to its mission, the Centre again is very unique in seeking external accreditation and is the only healthcare facility in the UK that is ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 accredited. These voluntary standards reflect the Centre’s desire to be a high performance organization providing high quality care to patients (ISO 9001) and simultaneously respecting the environment (ISO 14001) as well as maintaining and improving an information management security system (ISO27001) and no surprise the regulator of health facilities, the Care Quality Commission rated the centre as Outstanding in terms of being well-led. The Centre prides itself in being very process orientated and in addition to ensuring it acquires the best available technology, care is individually tailored for each eye and each patient and each patient in a safe and highly organized manner. This attracts eye surgeons from all over the world who come to observe the “Centre for Sight Way”!
Investors in People
Centre for Sight was awarded Silver status Investors in People (IIP) accreditation. This award is an internationally recognised standard for people management and Silver status is only awarded to 3% of accredited organizations.
Centre for Sight
Address: Hazelden Place, Turners Hill Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4RH
Telephone: 01342 306020
Photographs of staff and patients at Centre for Sight, East Grinstead, West Sussex on the 11th and 14th March 2011. By Jonathan Olley