The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in significant disruption for both patients and healthcare providers. Whilst our focus, particularly in the NHS, has been solely on the care of coronavirus patients, many experts are now warning of ‘the second wave’.
Whilst this may materialise over the coming weeks, as eye care professionals we are acutely aware of the considerable disruption other healthcare services have endured. In Ophthalmology, it is estimated that 81% of outpatient work has paused, resulting in tens of thousands of cancelled or postponed appointments. Put frankly, this significantly increases the risk of sight loss amongst patients.
Many patients will no doubt be anxious. With conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, regular monitoring and assessment with imaging equipment is essential to minimise the risk of sight loss. Furthermore, many patients may be waiting for cataract surgery with uncertainty over when surgery will be done.
I am pleased to let you know that I continue to offer comprehensive eye care services to patients in London, with enhanced safety measures in place. I offer a dedicated video consultation service, for patients that may wish to discuss symptoms, and in addition offer bespoke private consultation services. The clinic rooms are deep cleaned, with protective equipment in place and enhanced ventilation. Furthermore, all clinical staff have the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure staff are safe at all times.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if any of your patients would like continuity of care and reassurance through these difficult times.