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/
Other Sources of Current Guidance
New guidelines on personal protective equipment is available 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