PCA(O)2020(4) – COVID-19: Suspension of routine eye examinations; Financial support measures for community optometry practices; Other important COVID-19 updates

Dear Colleagues,

Please see below the latest guidance from the Scottish Government concerning General Ophthalmic Services.

While the suspension of routine community eye care services and move to providing only emergency and essential eye care will undoubtedly have a profound impact, we welcome today’s announcement from the Scottish Government outlining a much-needed package of financial measures to support community optometry practices.

As a business owner and employer, I completely understand and share the worries and frustrations that you will all have at this exceptionally challenging time.  We must now evaluate how best to deploy this support in order to maintain – as is reasonably possible, and within the bounds of what is available – our people and business structures.  In these unprecedented times our priority is now to preserve rather than prosper, and to work collaboratively in serving the community.

This current package has been achieved with the foresight of government, the tireless work of your OS team, SGHD and member practitioners, not to mention the invaluable and unwavering support of our fellow UK and Irish nations and their professional bodies.

As we absorb the details, Optometry Scotland pledges to relentlessly maintain the highly-productive dialogue we have shared with SGHD, and we will continue to update you on any developments.

Sincere thanks to you, our members and supporters, for your invaluable help and support.