Hempstead Valley Opticians

Leightons Hempstead Valley opened in Gillingham in July 1992. The shopping centre was one of the first out-of-town shopping centres in Kent, and continues to thrive. Leightons Hempstead Valley offer appointments seven days a week, including evenings. So whether you're looking for an eye examination, hearing assessment, spectacles, contact lenses or sunglasses, our expert team are always on hand to help you.

Rated 4.6 based on 164 reviews
Address
67 Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 3PD
Parking
Free parking at shopping centre
Accessibility
Full disabled access

Opening Times

Mon
09:00-20:00
Tue
09:00-20:00
Wed
09:00-20:00
Thu
09:00-20:00
Fri
09:00-20:00
Sat
09:00-19:00
Sun
10:00-16:00

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Meet our team

Ormsby Williams (RHAD BA BSHAA)
Hearing Aid Audiologist

Ormsby Williams (RHAD BA BSHAA)

Find out more about your local hearing care expert.

Nicola Priestley
Dispensing Optician

Nicola Priestley

As Nicola is a glasses and contact lens wearer herself, she showed an interest in Optics from an early age. In 2002 she joined Leightons in Hempstead Valley, and started her journey as an Optical & Hearing Assistant, building her knowledge of the optical industry through the years. In 2008, Nicola embarked on a three year distance learning course at ABDO College, while also studying a degree, both in Ophthalmic Dispensing, at Canterbury Christchurch University. Nicola qualified in 2011 to become a Dispensing Optician. Nicola uses her experience and knowledge to help you select the perfect eyewear, and will endeavour to make you feel at ease. She enjoys learning about new products, enabling her to always provide the best customer care. Since qualifying, Nicola has become a fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

Tracey Deadfield
Optical Hearing Assistant

Tracey Deadfield

Tracey started working at Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care in 2014. As a glasses and contact lens wearer herself, she has always found Optics fascinating, and wanted to be part of a team that are passionate about helping people. Tracey loves being able to provide the best possible care to all patients, and particularly enjoys using the latest technology in the branch.

Jennifer Wilson
Optometrist

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer has worn spectacles and contact lenses from an early age. This drew her towards optometry, as she always enjoyed her experiences when visiting her opticians. She started to work in the multiple sector in 2004, studying to become an optician. In 2008, Jennifer qualified as an Optometrist, after studying at Cardiff University. The latest technology we have in branch allows Jennifer to provide quality clinical care at all times. She is able to take the time needed with each patient to address their needs and concerns, while educating them about their eye health. Jennifer is accredited to carry out specialised examinations for those people who suffer with visual stress. "Visual Stress" is where processing of text is atypical. This can lead to reading difficulties, headaches and other visual problems when reading text.

Jayne Gaffin
Branch Manager & Dispensing Optician

Jayne Gaffin

Meet the Branch Manager at Leightons Hempstead Valley.

Anita
Optical Hearing Assistant

Anita

Anita’s journey within optics started in 2010, after she noticed an advert at her local opticians. She applied for the part time position as she was a patient there already and found her experiences enjoyable and very interesting. In 2017, Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care acquired Bowden & Lowe, meaning Anita transferred to the Hempstead Valley branch. Then in 2018, she was offered a full time position within the branch, which she was delighted to accept. She is an always-present face, and still enjoys seeing regular customers from Bowden & Lowe. A big part of Anita’s position is pre-examination tests, which she carries out with maximum professionalism. “I’m fascinated by how much we can tell about someone's health, just by looking into their eyes. The equipment we have in branch is amazing, and I really enjoy learning about them with our opticians.”

Sarah Sharpe
Dispensing Optician

Sarah Sharpe

 

Chris Welsh
Hearing Care Assistant

Chris Welsh