We can still take care of your eyes during national lockdown
We want to reassure patients we are open, within the restrictions of the new national lockdown which started on January 5.
While the key message of the lockdown is to stay at home, travel for medical appointments is permitted. Therefore we will continue to provide appointments and eye care provision, in line with other primary health services.
Guidance from our governing body, The College of Optometrists, confirmed: “Access to an optometrist is critical in ensuring the preservation of vision and prevention of sight loss. This will also help to relieve pressure on NHS hospital services.”
We are at a much higher level of preparedness than during the original lockdown last March. We have extensive infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures and new clinical practice is now embedded.
Changes we have made for your and our safety include:
- All dispensing staff and clinicians wear scrubs and face masks and a fresh apron for every new patient.
- After every patient, surfaces and equipment are wiped down and sanitised.
- Our new state-of-the-art air extraction system removes old air and replaces it with fresh.
- Hand sanitiser is at the door and we ask patients to wear one of our own face coverings which offer better two-way protection.
We can only see patients by pre-booked appointments. The day before your appointment we will contact you to go through a covid-19 safety questionnaire.
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, are isolating or are waiting on a test result you should not attend the practice. We can re-arrange for a later date.
Your health and safety is our highest priority. We would not continue to offer our services unless we were confident we were doing all we could to minimise the risk of infection.
Please keep yourselves safe and within the lockdown guidelines.
→ We’re written previously about making our practice covid-safe.