Health and Care update: Optimism Health Group acquires Outside Clinic, a leading domiciliary eyecare and hearing care business

Published: Monday 23 November 2020

Optimism Health Group has announced its acquisition of Outside Clinic.

Outside Clinic was founded 33 years ago and has become the UK’s leading domiciliary eye care and hearing care business, carrying out over 100,000 eye and hearing tests annually.

Optimism Health Group, is a UK based healthcare investment business, seeking to build a portfolio of businesses providing technology solutions, clinical services and healthcare products and services to older people in their homes.

Henry Pitman, Chairman of Optimism Health Group says, ‘we are delighted to announce the acquisition of Outside Clinic, which has established a reputation for providing the highest quality eye tests and hearing tests in older people’s homes. This business, which already operates nationally, has the potential to expand both in the UK and mainland Europe, providing ‘at home’ services not only to older people, who struggle to get to a high street optician, but also to an increasing number of people from other demographics who prefer to see an Optometrist or Audiologist in the comfort of their own home.’

Optimism Health Group intends to make further acquisitions of businesses in the eye care and hearing care sector, as well as businesses that provide clinical services in older people’s homes.

Damian Kenning, the founder of Outside Clinic, commented, ‘over 33 years we have built Outside Clinic to become a substantial national provider of domiciliary eye and hearing tests, with the very highest clinical standards. I am pleased that Optimism Health Group plans to continue the development of this first-class business to create a substantial group focussed on the fast-growing domiciliary and home healthcare sector’.

We provided buy side advisory services including financial due diligence and debt advisory. Simmonds & Simmonds provided legal advice to Optimism Health Group, and bank debt was provided by Shawbrook.

Partner, John Lucas, concluded: 'Hazlewoods Corporate Finance team were delighted to assist Optimism Health Group in the acquisition of Outside Clinic. The OHG team has significant experience with high quality growth businesses and we look forward to working with the business as it continues to develop and acquire high quality healthcare at home services.'

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