Specsavers in Beaumont Leyshas stepped in to provide emergency optical care in the local community.
The store, located in Beaumont Leys shopping centre,has suspended all routine testing for the foreseeable future to focus on essential and urgent care only, particularly for key workers.
In just one example of the work the team continues to do, a local hospital consultant, Dr Woods, was fitted with new contact lenses this week. He contacted the store because his glasses had been steaming up while wearing his PPE.
Dr Woods was able to visit Specsavers for a sight test and contact lens fit.
A word from the store director
‘We’re here to help our key workers get through this very difficult time,’ says Nitul Prajapati, optometrist store director, who saw Dr Woods. ‘We’re also on hand to provide urgent eye care and can be contacted by phone for advice.’
Open for care
Specsavers' teams are classed as key workers to provide urgent and essential eye care to those who need it. That includes supporting other key workers who couldn’t function without their help and people who would come to harm without their health expertise, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.
Customers can phone the store for advice and to be assessed on the level of care that they might need, the only exception being key workers who are able to walk in and seek immediate advice. Glasses and contact lenses can also be purchased online for customers with a current prescription.
Specsavers has set up an Ask the Expert group on Facebook for people to ask our team of expert optometrists and audiologists questions they might have about their sight or hearing while our stores are open for urgent and essential appointments only.