Advice on Covid-19 for Scotland

Read the latest letter from the Dentistry and Optometry Division, Directorate of Primary Care, Scottish Government, issued 9 March 2021.

This letter advises on the following:

  • Update on the transition to the pull model of PPE ordering – NHS Borders, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde;
  • Update on financial support for practice premises, mobile practices and peripatetic services provision.

NHS payment disbursement to persons working within an independent service provider

Read the latest letter from the Dentistry and Optometry Division, Directorate of Primary Care, Scottish Government, issued 8 February 2021.

This letter advises NHS Boards and Practitioner Services of the arrangements for the NHS payment disbursement to persons working within an independent service provider setting, announced on 30 November 2020.

The payment is available to community optometrists and their optometry practice teams, including administrative staff and practice managers. Read the letter in full to find out more about eligibility and process to claim.

Read the latest memorandum from the Dentistry and Optometry Division, Directorate of Primary Care, Scottish Government, issued 2 February 2021.

This memorandum advises on the following:

  • Recourse available to NHS Boards where there is an allegation of a breach of the Terms of Service of the NHS (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 as amended;
  • 2021 GOS mandatory training completion date;
  • Update on the transition to the ‘pull’ PPE ordering model;
  • Funding arrangements for PPE provision to community optometry in Scotland;
  • Arrangements for financial support in relation to practice closures.

Read the latest memorandum from the Dentistry and Optometry Division, Directorate of Primary Care, Scottish Government, issued 6 January 2021.

This memorandum advises on the following:

  • Community eye care services in Level 4 areas in Scotland following the new Covid-19 regulations which came into effect on 5 January 2021;
  • Financial support for optometry practices;
    A progress update on the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations to all optical practice staff;
  • A reminder about key worker status for optical practice staff;
  • An update on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including the transition to a “pull” self-ordering model.

 

Read the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) – COVID-19 Recovery letter issued on 27 November 2020.

This letter advises on the following:

  • ‘First Port of Call’ responsibility during the festive period;
  • Revised financial support arrangements for practice premises;
  • Financial support arrangements for mobile practices and peripatetic service providers.

Read the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) – COVID-19 Recovery letter issued on 29 October 2020:

This letter advises on the following:

  • An update on COVID-19 – Scotland’s Strategic Framework;
  • Supply and usage of NHS Scotland PPE;
  • An update on the position regarding GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ forms;
  • Clarification on the issuing of a written prescription or statement following an eye examination;
  • The issue of GOS(S)3 forms for use by patients with an alternative supplier;
  • Retention of GOS(S)3 and GOS(S)4 optical voucher forms.

 

Read the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) – COVID-19 Recovery letter on the resumption of routine eye care in day centres and residential centres.

This letter advises on the following:

  • a reminder regarding the ‘first port of call’ responsibility to manage patients with an emergency
  • eye problem.
  • the resumption of routine eye care services provided within day centres and residential centres (including care homes) from 7 September 2020, subject to certain conditions being met.
  • a reminder regarding the current submission arrangements for GOS(S)1, GOS(S)3, GOS(S)4, HES(S)1, HES(S)3 and HES(S)4 claims, including remote consultations.

Issued 4 September 2020

Read the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) – COVID-19 Recovery letter:

This letter advises on the following:

  • A reminder for practices in relation to infection control and patient safety;
  • Revised financial support arrangements for practice premises;
  • Financial support arrangements for mobile practices;
  • Financial support arrangements for new practices and for changes in ownership of existing practices;
  • Ongoing provision of Personal Protective Equipment.

Issued 31 August 2020

 

 

Read the resumption of routine eye care letter and the latest update on:

  • Routine eye care services, including primary eye examinations within community optometry practice premises and in patients’ own homes
  • Financial support arrangements
  • And further information from the Scottish Government

Issued 30 July 2020.

 

 

Practitioners in Scotland should follow the latest advice from the Scottish Government and Optometry Scotland.

Read the Scotland GOS – COVID-19 recovery plans phase 3 issued 9 July 2020.

Read the Scotland GOS – COVID-19 recovery plans phase 2 issued 19 June 2020.

You can read the latest letter to practitioners here.

Find out how to self refer for coronavirus testing in Scotland here.

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