Hospitals and eye professionals are receiving regular guidance from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists as well as Public Health England to ensure everything possible is being done to make sure patients receive their eye injections in a safe environment.
Hospital eye units are being asked to take the following actions:
- Cancel all non-urgent care and treatment
- Reduce crowding in waiting rooms by using other waiting areas and making sure that not too many patients arrive at the same time
- Identify the most vulnerable patients who have other serious health conditions, as well as the most elderly patients, and make sure that they are kept away from other patients, for example with separate waiting areas
- Consider using long-lasting drugs or increasing the time between injections where it is safe to do so
- Reduce the number of tests that are done to the safe minimum, and ensure tests and treatment are delivered more efficiently, so that patients spend less time in the clinic
- All staff must strictly observe increased infection control procedures and national isolation policies
- Patients with symptoms of the coronavirus are not brought into the eye clinic
- Where possible, offer telephone or video consultations for patients who may not need an injection
We hope these measures will give patients confidence that everything is being done to ensure that they can continue to have their injections safely.
If patients have any particular concerns, they can discuss these with their local eye clinic directly.