ABDO welcomes Public Health England (PHE) new guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which now includes the optical workforce who are providing face to face appointments for essential and urgent care where clinically necessary. The new guidance recommends that clinicians should assess the risk of infection to themselves and their patients. If they consider there is an infection risk, then for the direct care or assessment (within 2 metres) of a patient who is not a possible or confirmed COVID-19 case they should wear gloves and an apron, and consider wearing a surgical mask and eye or face protection.
ABDO recommends that all clinicians conducting a face to face appointment within 2 meters of a patient should choose to wear the recommended PPE. ABDO is working with AOP, FODO, LOCSU and NHS England to acquire PPE for optical practices through the NHS supply chain. PPE has already been provided to some optical practices throughout Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Watch this video for how to add and remove PPE.
Members who do not have a current contract with NHS supply chains to dispose of PPE through that channel shouldfollow the advice here: Disposal of PPE
For further information on infection control please see UK Government information on coronavirus infection prevention and control.