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|Optometry Practices||Last updated 10th January|
During this latest phase of COVID restrictions the College of Optometrists and the GOC have advised that Optometrists should continue to open as normal but to follow their Amber guidance. This prioritises emergency, urgent and essential care on a needs and symptoms-led basis. It states that routine appointments should only be provided if capacity permits, and if it is in the patients’ best interests.'
The full College document can be read by clicking here. and the GOC document by clicking here.
Amber Phase guidance prioritises emergency/urgent and essential care on a needs- and symptoms-led basis, but still allows for patients to have eyesight test if, after undertaking phone triage, the optometrist believes it will be beneficial, that is does not put the patient at risk and that they have the capacity to provide it. Optometrists should encourage vulnerable patients to postpone their routine sight tests to after the lockdown if they are asymptomatic.
|Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust||Last updated 5th January|
No information available at this time.
|Community Health & Eyecare||Last updated 6th January|
Community Health report that they will be operating as usual but will inform us if the situation changes.
|Newmedica||Last updated 5th January|
Newmedica have informed us that their services will be unchanged, including their waiting times.
|Operose Health||Last updated 6th January|
Operose Health intend to continue providing routine care and services and no clinics are affected by the implementation of the third lockdown in Wakefield. They are monitoring the NHSE and government guidelines on a regular basis and will update us should there be any change to the current pathways.
|Spamedica||Last updated 5th January|
Spamedica have confirmed there will be little change to their services during this lockdown period. They will continue to see patients for their services as the current guidance stands, with all their support services like their free transport etc operating as normal. Waiting times should be unchanged.