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Welcome to the specsplace, formerly Newbold Opticians Longton

The specsplace is an Optometric practice situated in Longton, one of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent. Founded in 1919, the specsplace has, and continues to, offer high quality, professional optical services to thousands of people in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on delivering this high quality eyecare with the use of the latest equipment, whilst stocking and supplying a large range of eyewear to cater to all needs.

I have been a patient at the specsplace, formerly Newbold Opticians, like many other satisfied customers, for well over thirty years and during all that time the care and support I have received has always been exemplary.

The recent transition of ownership has been seamless and the same excellent and high quality of care has most definitely been maintained.

This care begins with the professional but extremely friendly welcome you receive when walking into the practice, from the highly trained staff on reception.

I would whole heartedly, thoroughly and unreservedly recommend this practice to anyone and am eternally grateful I was initially introduced to this practice and for the care I constantly receive.

Mrs Holmes

Meet JohnOptometrist and practice owner of the specsplace

John Hollins Bsc, MCOptom. Optometrist and practice owner. John qualified with his BSc in Optometry from Cardiff University in June 2010. He then moved to Northwich to complete his pre-registration period to become a fully qualified optometrist, passing his professional exams first time in July 2011.

After qualifying John moved to Stoke-on-Trent to work in Hanley where he worked from September 2011 until December 2013. In January 2014 John moved to work at the specsplace with a view to taking over the practice when the previous owner retired which happened in November 2016.

John takes a very keen interest in optometry, since qualifying he has undertaken a number of further training, exams and qualifications including: cataract - pre and post-operative referral and shared care; glaucoma referral refinement; MECS (known in North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent as the acute scheme). He is an active member on Staffordshire local optical committee (LOC) and is the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for cataract shared care services for SASPEC delivering training and advice to colleagues across the county.

In his spare time, John is very keen on sports particularly football, rugby, cricket, american football and martial arts – he has earned 3rd DAN grade blackbelt in Shotokan Karate.

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Meet JeanetteBSc, MCOptom

Jeanette studied for her BSc in Optometry at UMIST, Manchester, while also working at a local optical practice during the holidays. After gaining her degree she worked in Newcastle-under-Lyme and passed her professional exams in 1983.

Since becoming a fully qualified Optometrist Jeanette has worked for a number of optical practices in the Cheshire and Staffordshire area including practices in Crewe, Alsager, Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Knutsford, Middlewich and then Hanley for many years. Jeanette joined us here at the specsplace in 2010 and since her grandmother was a Longton lady she says she feel right at home.

Jeanette also has a keen interest in optometry and keeps up to date with all her training and continuing education. She has taken further training, exams and gained qualifications in pre and post-operative cataract shared care, MECS (known in North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent as the acute scheme) and she regularly attends local lectures and further training.

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The specsplace
46a Market Street