Edgbaston Eye Consultants response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The world is experiencing unprecedented social change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government and hospitals are responding to the challenges we face and are under great pressure and have already cancelled all routine work. Our elderly and immunocompromised patients must self-isolate to avoid catching the disease. This will inevitably lead to some patients not being in a position to receive the eye treatment that they need. Edgbaston Eye Consultants has capacity to treat these patients in a safe manner.
We support the Royal College of Ophthalmologists goals and will use our resources to treat patients identified as being at high risk of serious, permanent visual loss. This way, when the crisis is over our patients will have maintained their vision and can re-enter the hospital eye service treatment pathways when the pandemic has run its course.
To access this treatment contact Edgbaston Eye Consulants on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on either 0121-456-3444 or 07740291706. We are happy to arrange for one of our consultants to discuss your case with you and to arrange an appointment, if that is appropriate.
Our principles of treatment are outlined in the Royal College of Ophthalmology advisory document ‘Protecting Patients, Protecting Staff’ which sets out our core principles of organising ophthalmology services during COVID-19.
- We offer a wide range of ophthalmic procedures at the clinic and will concentrate on those vital to the preservation of sight.
- We will limit face-to-face outpatient activity by using diagnostic imaging to perform eye examinations and avoiding unnecessary use of slit-lamps.
- We will remain open and continue to offer consultant level support for our patients.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
In line with advice with recommendations from Public Health England and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists we will use the following approach to the use of PPE.
We will ensure that clinicians and patients coming to the clinic have no respiratory symptoms and no COVID-19 risk factors. Patients with suspected or proven COVID-19 infection will be seen once they have recovered and are free from COVID-19 infection. We will perform telephone triage before the patient comes and all personnel will fill a triage form before entering the clinical areas. Patients will be isolated from other staff and patients, apart from their consultants, throughout their visit to the clinic.
- Clinicians will wear high standard fluid repellent protective gear, using FFP3 surgical masks, gowns and gloves to protect their patients.
- All equipment will be disinfected between patients and the use of slit-lamps avoided.
- Patients will be picked up by a mask-wearing driver, brought to the clinic then returned home
Royal College of Ophthalmologists 25 March 2020 ‘Protecting Patients, Protecting Staff’ https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/protecting-patients-protecting-staff-during-covid-19-pandemic/