Wigan opticians extend services to help vulnerable

An independent opticians has been extending its services to support vulnerable people in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday, 6th April 2020, 9:45 am
Updated Monday, 6th April 2020, 9:46 am
Makerfield Eye Centre

Team members at Makerfield Eye Centre, at the Gerard Centre in Ashton, are delivering spectacles to those in need, including older members of the community and high-risk patients, who are unable to collect in-store.

Practice staff will travel free of charge to the door of patients who cannot visit the practice, even delivering contact lenses and solution to those in self isolation.

Makerfield are also maintaining their commitment to repairing existing spectacles, as any patient who sends in their glasses can expect them to be delivered back to their home as soon as possible.

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Special attention has also been made to ensure regular disinfection of all equipment in practice, as well as door handles, frames and sunglasses to ensure there is a safe environment if a patient visits for an emergency appointment.

Practice partner Helen Woodcock said: “The well-being of our patients is our highest priority, so these measures are about ensuring the health of those in local area is maintained during this period of uncertainty.

“We hope by extending our services beyond our normal capacity will allow our patients to follow government guidelines of staying at home, whilst retaining peace of mind in their eye health.

“Our eyes are one of our most valued assets, so it’s vitally important that we stay open for emergency appointments only and guarantee that our patients are receiving the same level of care attention, even in these testing times.

“All of our thoughts go out to all of those affected by Covid-19 and we hope we can continue to support our community for as long as possible.”

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