The new optician's practice has opened at the John Cox Health & Physiotherapy clinic in Upton. John established the business in 2002 after working for several years as an independent sports therapist. He originally worked as a miner for British Coal before re-training as a sports therapist in 1994 following the closure of the pits.
The business comprises of several practitioners working from one site including a chiropodist, a podiatrist, chartered physiotherapists and now an optician. Its customer base includes members of the general public and clients referred from national insurance and personal injury firms. A range of complementary healthcare treatments including acupuncture, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy are also available at the clinic.
John Cox, said: "It has been a long term goal to open an optician's practice at the clinic. There are few other options available locally and the feedback we received from clients and members of the public is that they would welcome an optician's practice on site. We are committed to providing customers with a comprehensive range of healthcare services and this expansion is part of that aim."
RBS provided a £40k loan to help fund the cost of extending the clinic's premises to accommodate the new optician's practice. Relationship Manager Juven Nalson, said: "John has created successful and niche healthcare clinic in a relatively short space of time. He impressed us with his plans for the business and we were delighted to provide financial support for the project."