CHEC, one of the largest providers of community-based ophthalmology services in the UK, were celebrating this week after their Basingstoke Hospital marked a whole year of working in partnership with the NHS to increase patient choice and reduce waiting times.

Since first opening its doors in Hampshire International Business Park in January 2023, CHEC Basingstoke has provided ophthalmology services to more than 2930 patients and completed over 1245 surgeries. The community hospital has also succeeded in consistently maintaining very low waiting times, with patients currently able to access treatment in two weeks or less.

“It’s hard to believe it’s only a year ago that we welcomed our first patients to CHEC Basingstoke,” comments Jose Bailey, CHEC Commercial Director. “We’d like to thank the local community for choosing CHEC, trusting us to deliver the highest standards of care, and for joining us to celebrate our first anniversary this week!”

Over the last 12 months, CHEC Basingstoke has pioneered a series of initiatives that make it easier for patients to access its community-based healthcare services. These include a free Home to Hospital pick up service and an online patient booking app.

“Patient choice and reducing waiting times are at the forefront of the NHS agenda. Working in partnership with the NHS, we constantly look for new ways to make it easier for patients to exercise that choice and access the treatment they need,” continues Jose.

CHEC has established a stronghold for community healthcare provision across Southern England, with hospitals in Watford and Slough. Throughout the UK, CHEC now has more than 20 hospitals.

To learn more accessing the ophthalmology treatments CHEC provides in partnership with the NHS, please visit