COVID-19 UPDATES

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak develops, LOCSU is working with all Optical Sector bodies including the Optical Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) in order to provide support for all GOS providers.

Updated OFNC guidance for optical practices in England can be found here. (02/04/20)

OFNC guidance for optical practices in England can be found here. (01/04/20)

The OFNC has issued COVID-19 advice to all Optical Practices and Practitioners, which can be read here.

Specific advice on essential opening arrangements is also available here.

Please find attached an update with regards the provision of GOS Optometry GOS Update – Covid-19.

General Government Coronavirus advice for clinicians is available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

Social distancing is explained here.
Isolation notes are available here.
Please log on to the following link for UK GOV guidance on business closure here.
A poster with recommended PPE for primary, out patients and community care is available for practices Poster-Recommended PPE.

Other Sources of Current Guidance 

The College of Optometrists are hosting an FAQ which can be found at;
The College have also produced a well worded joint statement with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists about Viral Conjuntivitis and COVID-19
A poster from the college regarding essential and emergency eye care is available to download 24-March-2020-Essential-services-poster
It is advised that where possible remote consultations can be available to triage symptoms and prevent the need for patients to attend practices. Telephone consultation record sheet is available for phone/video consultations here.

New guidelines on personal protective equipment is available here.

The  GOC has issued a couple of important statements:
1) A joint  with the other healthcare regulators recognising that professionals may need to depart from their usual procedures at this time found here.

2) Reassurance that using professional judgement we can supply spectacles and contact lenses without first requiring the patient to attend an optical practice can be found here.

The AOP have announced a fee reduction for members amidst the coronavirus crisis, details can be found here.

Home Counties COVID-19 Updates 

A patient questionnaire has been designed to screen patient symptoms before agreeing to see them for an eye examination.Covid 19 Questionnaire for patients 30032020

Practices offering MECs during COVID-19 may wish to display this guidance poster in their practices Covid19 A4 Poster 30032020

A MECs plan is available for practices offering Emergency appointments MECS Plan for Optometrists 31032020

All Emergency HES referrals should contact the relevant departments before sending patients to HES. Contact details can be found below