Advice on covid-19 for Scotland

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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