Chorleywood Eye Centre have put in place a few changes at the practices following the coronavirus outbreak.
Based on advice from NHS England and The College of Optometrists, they have advised people to delay any routine visits for the time being.
Essential visits will continue following phone triaging, a one in one out policy is in place at the practice.
‘Essential’ visits include providing replacement spectacles for a key worker who has broken theirs, or seeing patients with acute eye- or sight-related symptoms.
A statement published on their social media read: “Our NHS emergency staff are doing an amazing and difficult job. We should support them in the best way we can by reducing the risk of infection, and thereby reducing the number of hospital admissions.
“Please call us if you are experiencing any vision problems, you have run out of contacts or if you have broken/lost your glasses and we will advise you on the best course of action.
“Let’s be positive and stay strong and help each other to get through this difficult temporary period.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience during this uncertain time. Stay safe everyone.”
The practitioners are able to order glasses and contacts remotely, minimising the visits made to the practice.
The regulatory bodies have made allowances to be more flexible during this tricky period.
Changes have been made to their procedures and layout in the practice, following the latest government advice.
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