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COVID Information Guide

The following links provide information for practices in relation to the new arrangements during the COVID pandemic.

  NHS England   Includes the latest NHS Optical letter sent out on the 1st April and guidance on actions to take in optical practices if a patient has suspected COVID-19.
 
  LOCSU   LOCSU (Local Optical Committee Support Unit) is working with all Optical Sector bodies through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak including the Optometric Fees Negotiation Committee (OFNC). An excellent source of information including all the latest news and guidance.
 
  AOP   An excellent site offering a wealth of information on all aspects of the pandemic and its effect on practices
 
  ABDO   ABDO (Association Of British Dispensing Opticians) has an extensive list of resources for finding out what is happening in the present crisis. Highly recommended.
 
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  The site has a daily update of whats happening and has guidance documents as well downloadable posters and forms for telephone reviews. There are also some very useful FAQ's
 
  GOV.UK   The place to start when looking for financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes help and an application form for claiming support and information about claiming rate relief.
 
  Wakefield Council   The starting place for claiming Business Grants from Wakefield MDC. Includes online application forms.
 
  Optometry Today   A good source of news based articles around the COVID crisis. All sorts of snippits that make the situation a little easier to understand.
 
  OFNC   The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee are the recognised negotiating body for General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) fees and grants for community optometry Nothing on the website yet about COVID but they will be involved with the future reconciliation of the GOS support payments so maybe a website to watch in the future.