20 Mar 2020
The impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve and we at Centre for Sight are closely following guidance from the Department of Health, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Further to our last communication, in light of the rapid increase in the UK and the desire by the government to “flatten the curve” in order to reduce the demands for acute critical care, we will cease all elective operations and outpatient clinics from Wednesday 25th March 2020 across all our facilities. We shall however be available for eye emergencies and urgent care.
We apologise to all who are inconvenienced and please understand that this is in the national interests. The situation is being reviewed daily by the Centre for Sight executive team and we shall make changes based on available advice and recommendations.
Our administrative offices are open daily and we shall continue to take phone calls, emails and communication through our portal “CFS Club”.
Like yourselves, we are hopeful that with all measures being taken collectively the pandemic will come under better control and permit us to function more normally.
Coronavirus (COVID-19)- Guidance No:1
18 Mar 2020
We want to reassure our current and potential patients that we are taking the developing situation very seriously and following the guidance from the Department of Health, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We have implemented specific measures to help protect our patients, clinicians and staff as follows.
- Calls to assess and screen all patients booked in for future appointments
- Additional screening questionnaires at all reception desks
- Advising patients to come on their own unless they need assistance from family or friends
- Encouraging visitors to stay in the car or away from the clinic while waiting
- Maintaining a safe distance between patients in waiting and sub-waiting areas
- Advising all visitors to use hand gel and/or wash their hands upon arrival
- Advising all non-clinical staff to utilise the phone system instead of entering clinical areas
- All staff wash their hands on arrival for 20 seconds and use hand gel and/or handwashing after every patient contact
- Cleaning of all points of contact by patients following examination
- Installation of a Centre for Sight devised Perspex guard at the Slit lamp microscope to protect patient and staff during examination at close proximity
- Additional daily cleaning and laundering services at all sites
- Implementing working from home for non-clinical staff where possible
All of our sites are operating as normal, welcoming patients and ensuring they receive the same standard of care.
Guidance for Patients and Visitors
The NHS is the best place to seek the latest medical advice. NHS 111 online can be used to check your symptoms, or if your symptoms become severe, you can ring NHS 111.The UK Government has published Stay at Home Guidance with advice and information on self-isolation.
Prior to your appointment:
Our Patient Co-ordinators are calling patients the day prior to their appointment to check if they are symptomatic or live with anyone who is, and if so, will help them re-arrange their appointment.
To support the latest social distancing recommendations, you will be advised not to bring more than one relative with you to attend your appointment. Where possible, your visitor will be advised stay in their car, or leave and then return when you are ready to be collected.
If you are in self-isolation and need to reschedule your appointment, please contact us by phone on 01342 306020.
Upon attending your appointment:
We will risk assess patients and visitors upon arrival.
You will also be asked you to use hand gel and/or wash your hands upon entering any of our sites.
We are monitoring the developing situation and will continue to update this page as required.