We realise that advice around the COVID-19 pandemic is changing daily.
As much as possible we advise members to follow national guidance for providing optical services.
Please view the following links for up to date advice on the COVID-19 pandemic with regard to optical practices.
02-04-2020 NHS guidance on use of PPE in Primary and community care settings.
02-04-2020 The OFNC has given guidance on changes to Primary Eyecare in England
28-03-2020 NHS England's letter re PPE
LOCSU updates: https://www.locsu.co.uk/what-we-do/covid-19-guidance/
College of Optometrists updates: https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/media-hub/news-listing/coronavirus-2019-advice-for-optometrists.html
AOP updates: https://www.aop.org.uk/coronavirus-updates
NHS Leeds CCG: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/about/covid-19-primary-care/
Primary Care Support England (PCSE):
PCSE update on processing GOS claims
02-04-2020 Further NHS guidance on use of PPE in Primary and community care settings.
We will use this page to post local guidelines as they emerge and change.
Current advice from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust:
Clinical information regarding LTHT eye services to all optometrists and dispensing opticians
LTHT need to balance the risk vs benefit of patients coming into the hospital and are therefore putting in measures to avoid all non-essential visits to the hospital. This decision is influenced by comorbidity and age balance against the consequences of not attending the eye clinic for approximately 3 months in terms of morbidity or irreversible loss of vision.
Currently they have suspended all non-urgent eye appointments:
1. PCAL will no longer allow direct booking into the acute referral clinic (ARC/eye cas).
2. No patient is permitted to be seen in ARC from a GP or optometrist directly or via PCAL unless discussed with an ophthalmologist first.
3. Two ophthalmologists will be dedicated to two telephone lines to participate in a 3 way or 2 way call to come up with a management plan where possible that avoids the patient attending St James's.
The new telephone numbers are: 0113 2065672, 0113 2065915. Practitioners can phone for advice in office hours, essentially bypassing the PCAL operator.
These represents the current standard operating procedures at LTHT but as you can appreciated this is constantly changing. We will keep you informed if and when services change. Keep safe.
We have been informed that as of 25th March, LTHT may now reject any routine referrals (from GPs, optometrists, etc) and that patients should seek further support if symptoms worsen or persist until social distancing measures have been relaxed.
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