29 June 2020

Amber recovery phase confirmed for all four nations

As of Monday 29 June 2020, all four UK nations are in the amber phase of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Monday 29 June 2020, all four UK nations are in the amber phase of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a significant step in restoring primary eye care services across the UK. We are still in a pandemic with the virus in general circulation, and so sight tests and urgent eye care should continue to be adapted to protect the practitioner, practice team and patients from COVID-19 infection. By following College guidance, clinicians will be able to maintain high levels of infection control, proper PPE usage and scrupulous hand hygiene to keep their practices safe while maintaining their community’s eye health and vision.

There are still some differences in how care will be delivered and prioritised across the nations, so members should refer to the College’s recovery guidance and recovery phase table, in conjunction with each nation’s advice.

This article was correct at time of publication. 

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