COVID-19: Additional restrictions in Scotland

  • 20 Nov 2020

We explain how the additional restrictions announced in Scotland will affect optometrists.

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The Scottish Government has announced additional restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate pressure on the health and social care system, and confirmed that eleven areas in west and central Scotland are to be placed in the highest level of the country's five-tier system of COVID-19 restrictions from 20 November until 11 December.

How will this affect optometrists?

Patients can leave their home to access local health services, including eye care. All practices may remain open to provide services at all levels of the five-tier system, and should continue to follow our guidance.

  • When prioritising and scheduling appointments you should continue to consider the clinical needs and presenting symptoms relative to the risk of sight loss and harm to the patient. Routine appointments should be scheduled in line with prioritisation, if there is the appropriate capacity to do so, once all urgent and essential appointments have been managed.

  • You should offer telephone and video review to patients in the first instance to determine COVID-19 status and level of eye care needed.

  • Continue to follow the College’s guidance on infection control, social distancing and PPE.

COVID-19 guidance and advice

Check our website regularly for the latest guidance, advice and resources, including:

 You should also take a look at our online learning courses:

Restrictions and the Scheme for Registration

If you, or your practice, is involved in helping a trainee to progress through the Scheme for Registration, please be assured that direct observation assessments can continue to take place across all four UK nations at present. Assessors are also still able to travel between areas and nations to carry out a direct observation, if necessary.

Find out more

If you would like further advice or guidance, please first refer to our comprehensive COVID-19 guidance. If you’re still unsure, please contact our clinical advice service, or the education team for queries related to the Scheme for Registration.

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