Practice News
Please continue to wear a face mask when visiting the practice, unless you are exempt for medical reasons.

As the country emerges from lockdown we want to reassure everyone that we remain open and are able to offer our full range of services. For those who have visited us recently you will appreciate that we have made a number of changes to ensure a safe working environment.  Please note that we are unable to send routine reminders at this stage, so if you feel you are having a problem do get in touch.

1. In order to continue to socially distance people within the practice we require everyone to book appointment slots before visiting the practice. Phone 01730 264258 and we will happily help. Because we can see less people each day you may have to wait a little longer than normal for our next available appointment, this is especially true for our NHS appointments.

2. If you are attending for an appointment we will ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival.

3. Please continue to bring a face covering. Health care settings have been instructed by the government to maintain this protection for the safety of all. For our part we will be wearing full PPE when we examine your eyes, as well as making use of social distancing and polycarbonate screens for everyone’s safety. 

4. Please limit the number of people attending for any appointment, for example bring only one child for their eye examination or come on your own if you are an adult.

5. Please be reassured that we will regularly disinfect surfaces, door handles, spectacle frames, and our testing equipment between each patient.

6. It goes without saying but please do not attend the practice if you are felling unwell, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19. Let us know and we will happily re-book you when you are feeling better.

What will not have changed is our warm welcome and our desire to help, so give us a phone on 01730 264258 and welcome to the latest new normal!
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Optical News

Over recent months we have all had no choice but to engage with our phones, our tablets, our laptops and desktops. We use them for Zoom meetings, to catch up on TV, to watch films, to find the latest recipe or just to find out what Boris is up to. The BBC website posted this helpful article about how to avoid eyestrain associated with our increased screen viewing.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55933168
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55933168


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Practice News
As the country enters its second period of lockdown we want to reassure everyone that we remain open and are able to offer our full range of services. For those who have visited us over the summer you will have already realised that we have made a number of changes to ensure a safe working environment.  Please note that we are not sending out routine reminders at this stage, so if you feel you are having a problem do get in touch.

1. In order to help socially distance people within the practice we require everyone to book appointment slots before visiting the practice. Phone 01730 264258 and we will happily help. Because we can see less people each day you may have to wait a little longer than normal for our next available appointment.

2. If you are attending for an appointment we will take your temperature, using a digital non-contact thermometer, and ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival.

3. Please bring a face covering. For our part we will be wearing full PPE when we examine your eyes, as well as making use of social distancing and polycarbonate screens for everyone’s safety. 

4. Please limit the number of people attending for any appointment, for example bring only one child for their eye examination or come on your own if you are an adult.

5. Please be reassured that we will regularly disinfect surfaces, door handles, spectacle frames, and our testing equipment between each patient.

6. It goes without saying but please do not attend the practice if you are felling unwell, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19. Let us know and we will happily re-book you when you are feeling better.

What will not have changed is our warm welcome and our desire to help, so give us a phone on 01730 264258 and welcome to the new normal!
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Practice News
As many of you know, we chose to stay open throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, offering appointments for urgent and essential eye care, as well as advice over the phone. We are pleased to announce that we have now been given the green light to resume full services, allowing us to book routine eye examinations, as well as our full range of specialist services. We have been working hard, behind the scenes, to prepare the practice for the new style of working required for the Covid-19 era.

In order to keep everyone safe we have made the following alterations:

1. In order to socially distance people within the practice we will be operating a locked door policy, requiring everyone to book appointment slots. Phone the normal number 01730 264258 and we will happily help.

2. If you are attending for an appointment we will take your temperature, using a digital non-contact thermometer, and ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival.

3. Because we may need to get closer than 2m during your visit we will ask you to bring a face covering. For our part we will be wearing full PPE when we exam your eyes, as well as making use of social distancing and polycarbonate screens for everyone’s safety. 

4. Please limit the number of people attending for any appointment, for example bring only one child for their eye examination or come on your own if you are an adult.

5. Please be reassured that we will regularly disinfect surfaces, door handles, spectacle frames, and our testing equipment between each patient.

6. It goes without saying but please do not attend the practice if you are felling unwell, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19. Let us know and we will happily re-book you when you are feeling better.

What will not have changed is our warm welcome and our desire to help, so give us a phone on 01730 264258 and welcome to the new normal!


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Optical News
As a precautionary measure I thought it wise to include the latest NHS advice and best practise when considering the latest global health outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses spread in cough droplets. It’s highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There’s currently no vaccine for coronavirus. But there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
DO 
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don’t
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Information: If you’ve been to China or other specified areas in the last 14 days, follow the advice on this page for returning travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath

Urgent advice:
Call 111 now if you’ve been:
to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

Information: If you’re in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

How to isolate yourself if you could have coronavirus
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to isolate yourself. This means that for up to 14 days, you should:
stay at home
not go to work, school or public areas
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you
try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Treatment for coronavirus
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.

Further information can be found on GOV.UK and World Health Organisation websites.
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Practice News

Gracie, aged 7, had only one response when she heard that she had won a pair of sunglasses – she screamed with delight and in the process nearly deafened her mum! And with good reason because not everyone has a chance of winning, only those children who bring their correctly completed quiz sheet to their appointment. Collecting her new UV protecting sunglasses, Gracie commented “my new sunglasses are amazing, I like the colour and they are great at wrapping round to protect my eyes.” Congratulations Gracie!

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We are very pleased to be stocking a new range of spectacle frames. Johann von Goisern are beautifully crafted hand made frames from the world heritage area of Bad Goisern in Austria. They offer unique individual designs attributed to a special lamination technique, through which up to 20 different raw materials can be combined in a single frame. This creates colourful, breathtaking designs and coins the Johann von Goisern slogan: Dare to be different!
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