Are you worried about travelling to your eye clinic for your injection?
Many of you attending regular injections at the hospital have shared concerns about getting to your appointments safely amid the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve included some tips below, including some alternatives to public transport.
- Firstly, more people are working from home and may have more flexibility to give you a lift to the hospital. If you have a friend, neighbour or family member who can drive you, and who you know has not been exposed to any infection this would be a better option than any type of public transport or community transport service.
- If you would like to be extra cautious you could ask the person transporting you to wear a mask. You also shouldn’t be embarrassed or shy in asking about how they are feeling and what measures they’ve been taking to stay isolated.
- If you are unable to find a friend, neighbour or family member to take you to your appointment then try contacting your local hospital to see if they have a community shuttle service in action.
- You could also try contacting your local blind societies, or organisations such Age UK who may know of volunteers offering lifts.
If you have no other choice than to take public transport to your appointment, use the following advice:
- Use anti-bacterial wipes to disinfect your seat and any handles you may need to hold
- Most public transport is quieter than usual at the moment so finding a seat on your own may not be difficult, but be sure to sit away from other passengers if you can.
- Use hand sanitiser regularly.
- Wear latex or similar gloves which you can also cleanse with hand sanitiser if you do not have a sink.
- Once at the clinic, you may be asked to dispose of the gloves and to wash your hands, so make sure you take a second pair for your journey home.
The NHS has provided further information about how coronavirus is spread, and what you can do to avoid catching it. This includes the following advice, which all hospital visitors are asked to follow:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean