Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for optometrists

  • 7 Feb 2020

As cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, you may be concerned about how to manage the situation in your practice.

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UPDATE: 19 February
NHS England has circulated the following patient information to display in your practice or share online: “Please do not book an appointment or attend your practice if you’ve visited or travelled through mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand and have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath within 2 weeks of returning, or if you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath after being in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus also known as COVID-19. Please call NHS 111 instead.”

We recommend that you stay up to date with the latest information and advice from your country’s health authority and ensure you take appropriate precautions if required. 

For up-to-date information on what to do, please visit: 

Public health England
Health Protection Scotland
Public Health Wales / Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru
Northern Ireland
There have been anecdotal reports of the presence of conjunctivitis in some patients with novel coronavirus (2109-nCoV). You can read more here; 


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