While the Specsavers stores in London Road and North Street, Brighton, are closed for all routine eye and hearing tests at the moment, they are still open to provide essential care and support local key workers.
Recently, the London Road store has been able to support a Brighton-based hospital doctor who urgently needed new glasses, and also a local police officer who needed an urgent eye test in order to be able to go to work.
Supporting key workers
And the North Street store was able to support a frontline NHS worker who broke their glasses and could not see well enough to do their job without them.
The team took the glasses from the customer at the door and placed their lenses into a new set of frames for free, so they could return to work the next day.
A word from the store director
Andrew Wallbank, director at both the Specsavers stores in Brighton, said: ‘We have been really pleased to be able to help fellow key workers return to their frontline roles quickly. This really highlights why we decided it was so important to stay open for urgent and essential care.
‘We want the local community to know that, while we are closed for routine appointments at the present time, we are still very much here to support people – so please give us a call if you need us.’
Open for essential care
Customers are being encouraged to call one of the stores if they need urgent support with a visual problem, or if they have issues with their glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids.
If anyone is required to attend either of the stores, they will be asked to do so – and key workers will be prioritised. The stores are seeing people by appointment only, in line with government advice, and are following all current guidance.