3FIVETWO GROUP ACQUIRE SWEENEY'S EYECARE CHAIN
New brand incorporates Optique and offers seamless treatment pathway
3fivetwo Group, Northern Ireland's leading private healthcare company, has acquired eyecare retailers Sweeney Opticians.
The move is part of a continuing programme of restructuring and expansion which inside six months has seen the 3fivetwo Group invest £4.5m in Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast and also acquire St Joseph's Hospital, Sligo.
The new chain, operating under the Sweeney Opticians Eye and Hearing Care brand, will incorporate Optique Eye and Ear Care, which is already part of the 3fivetwo Group.
Optique, as it was previously known has moved out of its previous location to operate out of new, larger premises with onsite parking facilities right next to the newly expanded flagship Kingsbridge hospital on the Lisburn Road.
The acquisition deal will also see the rebranding of existing Sweeney optical retail units in Donaghadee, Portaferry and Newtownabbey.
Richard Sweeney, Managing Director of Sweeney Opticians Eye and Hearing Care, said: "Sweeney's have earned a proud reputation over the last 12 years for serving local communities with quality eye and hearing care and that isn't going to change.
"What will change is that we will become the only local optical practice able to offer seamless eyecare and hearing pathways, from testing to treatment to surgery, via the technical and medical expertise of the 3fivetwo Group.
"This includes access to Ireland's only 4D eye scanner for the early detection and treatment of optical conditions, first class hearing services including new wax removal by suction instead of irrigation, and domiciliary homecare options."
Sweeney Opticians Eye and Hearing Care will continue to showcase some of the world's leading eyewear brands including Dior, Jimmy Choo, Rayban, Gucci, Tom Ford, TAG, Silhouette and Oakley.
Patients requiring eye or ear surgery will be treated at Kingsbridge, where their new imaging centre has just installed a £1.5m state-of-the-art MRI scanner, offering same-day scans as well as CT scans and a bespoke outpatients department.
The centre also hosts a new National Sports Injury suite and physiotherapy offering.
3fivetwo Group's expansion plans for 2016 will further boost a multi-million pound turnover business which employs 240 people and utilises the services of over 400 consultants and 300 local nursing staff on a regular basis.