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Covid Amber Phase Update from College

Covid Amber Phase Update from College

27deliver eye care safely and effectively at this stage of the pandemic.

Their position remains clear – practices should continue to remain open for routine services while prioritising patients on a needs and symptoms-led basis. Optometrists and other practice staff should continue to maintain comprehensive infection prevention and control procedures, including the wearing of appropriate PPE to keep patients and practice staff safe as restrictions ease across the UK.

Based on new public health evidence and government guidance, we have updated our guidance and COVID-19 FAQs. Key changes include:

• Appropriate use of disinfecting agents on surfaces and equipment.
• Safe and proportionate use of disposable PPE.
• Patient prioritisation management.
• Reintroduction of Alger brush and microblepharoexfoliation procedures.
• Managing patients without face coverings.
• Supply of contact lenses to an expired specification.

They have produced a short video that answers common questions about the Amber guidance.

They will continually review the evidence and working with public health bodies across the UK will ensure their COVID-19 guidance remains comprehensive and up-to-date.

The College is also aware that the rules around self-isolation are under review across the UK, so we recommend that you check your Nation’s government website for the latest information. They will endeavour to keep members updated of any future changes when each Nation has confirmed their policy.

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