Two independent opticians owned by the Hakim Group in Bedford have announced that they will merge their practices.

Simon Donne Opticians and Simon Browning Optometrist will become Donne and Browning Opticians and Hearing Care from July 15 and will operate from Donne’s premises, which is due to undergo a refurbishment.

Browning, optometrist and practice owner, said: ‘We can’t wait for our loyal patients to be part of this new and exciting move, which guarantees they will continue to receive the highest standard of care with the added benefits that Simon’s team will provide.’

Donne, an optometrist, added: ‘The refurbishment will also ensure that the highest level of modern equipment is available to our patients and the wider community, in addition to the best eyewear brands we have on offer.’