This page will have our latest information on the care we can provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find information on our Facebook page.
LATEST UPDATE Thursday, 17 March 2022
We continue to operate with enhanced hygiene and reduced capacity
As restrictions ease, we continue to offer our full range of services to patients. Healthcare services are under separate stricter hygiene regulations from those announced by the First Minister and there is currently no new advice, so we will continue to adhere to our current enhanced COVID measures.
However, we do anticipate specific healthcare advice to appear soon and expect to see a loosening of restrictions and we’ll publish any updates here as soon as we get them. We still have reduced capacity levels and so you will need to wait a little longer to get an appointment than usual but we reserve some appointments each day for emergencies only, so you can always be seen quickly when required.
If your recall is due now, there may still be some delay until the backlog has been cleared but you can always contact us if you are having a more urgent problem and require sooner review.
Visiting the practice
Please familiarise yourself with the new hygiene measures we have in place prior to visiting. As mentioned, we are reducing the number of people in the practice at any one time so where possible, we would also appreciate it if patients come to their appointments alone.
Rest-assured that all our PPE is NHS-approved and we continue to adhere to their strict guidelines, combined with our highest clinical standards, to ensure we safeguard our patients and staff. As frontline healthcare workers, the staff at the practice have begun receiving their vaccinations which we hope will provide additional peace of mind when you visit.
Our fourth consulting room can be sectioned off in our basement for those who are at particular risk and have previously been shielding. Please advise when booking your appointment if you have been shielding and feel you require to be seen in this room.
Emergency eye care
It is crucial we play our part to avoid putting added pressure on the NHS at this time, so please continue to make us your first port of call in an emergency. As always, we are available during working hours, as well as out-of-hours, for any patients requiring emergency eye care. As mentioned, we will continue to offer phone and video call consultations, and will only book you an appointment in the practice if we feel it is necessary.
Contact lens orders
Contact lens orders will still be processed in the usual way. If you anticipate requiring additional contact lenses in the coming weeks, please get in touch as we are keen to ensure you do not have any break in your supply of lenses.
We are able to dispense, fit and repair glasses as normal. Our full frame selection is available to view as previously and our normal glasses service is back up and running. Just call us if you need any adjustments or some new frames.
Emergency and essential eye care
These patients will continue to be prioritised and appointments are reserved each day for any patients requiring to be seen urgently. Emergency and essential eye care includes:
- Patients we consider to be emergencies, such as those who experience a change to their vision or have a specific issue that we feel requires urgent investigation.
- Patients who would not normally be considered to be emergencies, but where, in our view, a delay in an examination may be detrimental to your sight or wellbeing (called ‘essential care’).
- Patients who are due to be seen for a review of a specific issue (not a routine check up) and where in our view review is ‘essential’.
- Patients with any other issues classed as an ‘essential situation’. This might include where you have lost or broken your glasses or contact lenses and require a replacement to function.
As always, if you have any new concerns and think you would benefit from being seen, please get in touch.
Phone: 0131 225 2235