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New Online CET Event
Our next online CET event is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd February 2021. The title is Assessment of Raised Intra-Ocular Pressure and Primary Care Management and will be hosted by Dr Imran Jawaid. Imran has recently been appointed as a consultant ophthalmologist at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. His sub-speciality interest is paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. He has a keen interest in medical education and has designed and delivered interactive CET at both a local and national level. He is a member of the GOC Education Committee and also works for the Ophthalmic Practitioner Training pathway project at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Recently, he has established an online bespoke optometrist education portal www.optometryconsultancy.com There will be 1 interactive CET point awarded for Optometrists only. DO’s and CLO’s are welcome to join, but will not be able to be awarded the CET point. As usual with the virtual CET you will need to be logged on for the duration of the event in order to gain your CET point. If you would like to register for the event please send your name, practice and GOC number to cet@wakefieldoptometry.org.uk  26th Jan 2021


Ruth with a patient

CHEC issue COVID Leaflets
Community Health and Eye Care have produced two versions of a COVID reassurance letter that has a simple design so that practices can print them out and give them to patients where appropriate. These are available to download from the CHEC area of the 'Provider Information' section in the menu.  9th Feb 2021

CHEC & Newmedica Post Cataract Procedures Finalised
New providers Community Eye Health and Newmedica have finalised their post cataract reporting procedures. CHEC will require the practice to log into a specific website address and each practice has recently been emailed a set of instructions on how to proceed when they get there. If you would like another copy please click here.

In the short term, Newmedica will be using a Microsoft Word based form which should be completed and emailed to the companies NHS Mail address at newmedica.wakefield@nhs.net. There are some Optometrists who prefer to complete such forms by hand and so Newmedia are happy to receive scanned versions of these but in PDF format. You can download the form by clicking here or going to their providers section of this website.

Claims for the post operative payments from both companies should be made via the usual process for all cataract providers from Wakefield CCG.  8th Dec 2020

Local Optometrist awarded MBE in New Year Honours
Local Optometrist Ruth Perrott has been recognised in the 2021 New Year Honours list and has been awarded the MBE. Ruth, who has practices in York and Castleford was named in the Overseas and International List for her services to people living with sight impairment in Africa. Her first seven trips to Africa were with Vision Aid Overseas but decided to continue the spectacles service alone when VAO stopped the direct service clinics and went on to make 16 trips in total to various parts of the continent.

Speaking about the award, Ruth said "It feels an honour and a privilege to have this work recognised. Demand is high and job satisfaction drives me on. Many thousands of people have had their quality of life restored and can continue to work and support a family thanks to their new spectacles". Spectacle recycling continues to this day. With the valuable assistance of Rotary York Ainsty every pair is washed, serviced, focimetered, and labelled and Ruth has been able to support clinics in Kenya, Yemen, Sri Lanka and Fiji Islands where there is sufficient expertise to handle the distribution.

Bradford students urgently need your help with equipment
Professor Brendan Barrett, who is Professor of Visual Development at Bradford University, is appealing to local practices for functioning, but unused retinoscopes or ophthalmoscopes. In these unprecedented times, there are many challenges facing optometry students, one of which is that they are spending much more time off-campus. His appeal for equipment is to allow students the opportunitity to practise basic optometric techniques at home. That way, they can gain valuable practise time on techniques they have been introduced to in our labs, and in case of a stricter lockdown, they will be still able to make progress, guided by us online. We have model eyes and mini-trial case sets which we can loan to our students to assist them in learning ret. However, we are short of both rets and ophthalmoscopes. If you have equipment of this nature that you could spare, please contact: Brendan Barrett, at b.t.barrett@bradford.ac.uk
 30th Oct 2020

Optical Bodies Issue COVID Guidance

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 an 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.  9th Jan 2021

To work or not to work?
It can happen to any of us. Out of the blue, we feel a bit warmer than usual and you get an annoying little cough that come to think of it has been there a couple of days. You make yourself a curry for dinner and when it just doesn't taste like normal, the penny drops. The need for a COVID test can of course be not because we feel unwell but because a family member or a work colleague has been forced to have a test or has tested positive.
Once the decision has been made to get a test, the questions begin. Do I have to isolate until my test results come back? My colleague has tested positive but I feel fine so can't I just go to work and see if I get symptoms? Making the right decision may have a big impact on your own health and those around you.

Public Health England has lots of useful guidance including two excellent flow charts to help you to do the right thing. So why not download them now and have them to hand just in case you're the one that needs them?

     Symptomatic Return To Work Guide
     Asymptomatic Return To Work Guide