Under advice issued by Public Health England, all programmes under NPS care have and are continuing to see patients that are at a higher risk of developing sight-threatening changes and are under digital surveillance pathways and those that are pregnant during the Coronavirus pandemic.
To restart other areas of the service we are now planning to invite all newly registered patients and those requiring slit lamp appointments to screening.
We will initially be at a limited number of screening venues so patients may be required to travel further than usual until we are able to return to our full complement of venues.
To comply with Government mandated social distancing measures we will be seeing patients in smaller numbers in clinics. All NPS staff will be wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g. disposable face masks, gloves, aprons, face shields, which will vary depending on your clinic location and will be ensuring that cameras and chairs are sterilised between patients.
Patients may be asked to wait in their cars before their appointment is due and during dilation with their chaperone to reduce traffic in the waiting area. Only the patient will be allowed inside the building unless chaperoned.
Please note your screening team will telephone you 24/48 hours before your appointment to triage you and answer any queries, you may have.
Following the latest government guidelines as of 15th June 2020 all patients and their chaperones are required to wear their own face covering when attending entering and throughout their visit to the screening venue.
If you have any sudden problems or symptoms with your vision or eyes, please contact your local optician or GP for advice, or attend eye casualty.
Queries can be taken on: 0333 456 0223 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org