COVID-19 Resources

Useful Guidance on COVID-19

The College of Optometrists Guidance with FAQs updated daily. Now includes details of COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service -CUES  here

College of Optometrists joint statement with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists about Viral Conjunctivitis and Covid-19 : here

AOP latest coronavirus advice: here

GOC  Covid-19 page: here

If you provide extended services through Primary Eyecare Services (PES) then please read their guidance: here 

 

Latest OFNC statement and guidance on changes to primary eye care in England, 18th April is available here

OFNC guidance on changes to primary eye care in England, 2nd April can be downloaded from the right of this page.

OFNC statement, 1st April, concerning new NHSE Guidance for optical practices, is available as a download from the right of this page.

The full NHSE Guidance, 1st April, is also available for download.

Earlier OFNC advice, 23rd March, is available for download.

 

Government guidance on recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, community and social care by setting, NHS and independent sector is available here

The NHS England SOPs for Primary care here  

Government Guidance about the support available to employers, the self-employed and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak from the gov.uk website: here

Government advice to all citizens : here  

Social distancing is explained here : here

It has been announced that Schools will provide childcare (not education) for children of health & social care workers so they can continue to work. The guidance the schools are following is here

 

Emergency Eyecare WhatsApp Group

A WhatsApp group has been set up for the support of colleagues who are actively carrying out phone/video call triage and emergency/essential care of our patients during the Covid-19 crisis. It is open to optometrists/contact lens opticians/dispensing opticians/practice managers etc. This will allow for quick opinions/advice from colleagues and effective signposting for any colleagues that may not be in a position to carry out the required care for a patient their specific situation requires.

If you wish to join, please e-mail ankur.trivedi@primaryeyecare.co.uk with the mobile number you use for WhatsApp and you will be added.

 

Mental Health Support

We are living and working through unprecedented times and some of us may be struggling with some of the wider issues that arise from the situation.

Links for helplines and tools to help look after your mental health.

ABDO Counselling Helpline – need log-in as ABDO member

AOP Peer Support Line –  AOP membership not required to access

Mind - Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

Coronavirus Community Aid Groups

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Samaritans

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

CBI mental health during Covid-19 webinar and FAQs

Mind Covid-19 resource

 

Slit Lamp Breath Shields

Zeiss can provide free breath shields for slit lamps

https://www.zeiss.com/meditec/int/c/slit-lamp-breath-shields.html