This document provides generic guidance on the restarting of cataract services. Individual eye departments should tailor this guidance, taking into account their staffing, infrastructure, the needs of their local population as well as the expectations of local commissioners and regional NHS organisations.
This guidance provides pragmatic advice on recommencing care for glaucoma patients based on clinical expertise from a variety of clinical settings around the UK. The scope of this document is to provide advice for the ‘recovery phase’ rather than the acute lockdown phase. We anticipate this phase will cover perhaps the next 6 months or so. Some of the points will be germane to longer term ‘post COVID-19’ services.
This guidance has been developed by a group of medical retinal specialists as requested by the RCOphth in response to the pandemic to provide generic guidance on the resumption of medical retina services. Individual eye departments should tailor this guidance, taking into account their staffing, their infrastructure, the needs of their local population as well as the expectations of local commissioners and regional NHS organisations.
This document aims to support decision making and, where possible, provide guidance on how to reopen ophthalmology services after the Covid pandemic lockdown. Its purpose is to support ophthalmic clinical leads, ophthalmic consultants, managers and directors of hospital eye services to plan the recovery phase whilst incorporating service transformation beneficial for long term sustainability of ophthalmology care.
This guidance has been developed to aid ophthalmic services in the prioritisation of surgical procedures being carried out within their departments. It is intended to allow services to plan beyond the lockdown period into the phase of reopening of services when more medium urgency and elective care will be provided but where there is likely still to be restricted capacity and a greater need to prioritise.
This guidance has been developed to aid ophthalmic services in the prioritisation of their outpatient capacity of their departments.
This document provides guidance to assist re-opening of cataract services following the COVID lockdown
Advice was given by both The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to avoid the use of air puff tonometry in all clinical settings. This document provides a consensus on the risks of non-contact tonometry and advises suitable usage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we all restart our elective services and remodel them there are many challenges and new concerns as well as those which were particularly worrying during the peak of the pandemic. These pricniples provide a foundation for clinical teams to decide appropraite PPE for a breadth of ophthlamic procedures depending on the COVID risk of their pathways.