Hearing Care now available in Hughes Opticians

Published 30 November 2021  | Updated 06 December 2022  | 3 mins read

The Hearing Care Partnership (THCP) is delighted to announce the opening of our Bideford clinic which will be providing expert hearing care services in partnership with Hughes Opticians.

Based in the heart of North Devon, Hughes Opticians is a small family run practice that has been providing eye care services to the local community for over 65 years. Built on a strong set of traditional values, the Hughes team take a huge amount of pride in the services they deliver to their patients, ensuring that every patient experiences a personal and professional service.

Using the latest technology, including OCT, Hughes Opticians provide a comprehensive examination of your vision and eye health. They are also able to offer a range of other eye care services including Dry Eye & Red Eye Assessments, and contact lenses. Hughes Opticians host a vast catalogue of glasses and sunglasses for you to choose from, from designers such as Lindberg, Gucci and Stepper.

Working alongside the team at Hughes Opticians will be THCP audiologist Claire Francis, who will be providing a range of hearing services including:

  • FREE hearing assessments
  • Hearing aids
  • Ear wax removal
  • Tinnitus consultations
  • Hearing protection
Claire Francis

Claire has had a long and varied career within Audiology, which began in 1997 when she completed a Masters of Science in Audiology. She qualified to work as a Clinical Scientist in the NHS and afterwards as a Masters-level Audiologist in Australia. On return to the UK, Claire worked her way up to Head of Paediatric, and then Adult Audiology at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, also working one day a week as a lecturer on the BSc of Audiology. However, her love of clinical face-to-face work prompted a decision to train to work in the private sector and has worked privately as a Hearing aid Audiologist since 2007. During this time, she has also worked as an assessor of other NHS and private departments to check their standards.

“I am excited to be working for The Hearing Care Partnership as they allow me to work to very high clinical standards, using the very best hearing aid technology and to spend the time with my patients so they can achieve the very best outcomes.

Outside of work I enjoy going to live music events and days out with my husband and twin girls.”

To book a hearing appointment with Hughes Opticians, just call the team on 01237 405 351 or book an appointment online.