The Blyth store's essential eye care provision has proven invaluable for local NHS staff in need of contact lenses.

Staff in Church Street were on hand to help several key workers whose personal protective equipment (PPE) caused their prescription glasses to steam up while working.

The local nurses, who are front line staff battling the coronavirus outbreak, needed contact lenses as any obstruction to their vision could potentially impact their ability to carry out vital work.

Despite being down to skeleton staff, Blyth store director, Claire Westwood, sprung to action, dropping off contact lenses at their homes so that they are well prepared.

Specsavers stores, in line with government guidelines, have suspended routine testing for the foreseeable future but urgent and essential eye care is still available to those in need – including frontline staff and key workers.

Claire is continuing to support the local community during the crisis, hand-delivering glasses and lenses to people’s doors, in line with social distancing rules. She is also carrying out urgent repairs and glazing services for those in need – including elderly and vulnerable customers.

A word from the store director

Claire says: ‘The coronavirus outbreak has closed Specsavers stores for all but emergencies. However, we are committed to ensuring that we continue to support members of the community as best we can.

‘I’m delighted to have been able to help a number of NHS key workers so far. Thanks to the fact that we remain open for essential and urgent care, I was able to provide them with contact lenses and they were very relieved.

‘Specsavers staff are classed as key workers so that they can provide this important eye care. This allows us to support other key workers who couldn’t function without our help and people who would come to harm without our health expertise, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.

‘Any key workers should know that we will do our utmost to help them as we cannot thank them enough for their valuable work during this pandemic, and we are also here for the wider public in the case of eye care emergencies.’

Claire added that the store staff will be in contact with anyone who had an appointment booked so they can reschedule, but said anyone in need of emergency eye care should call the store.

To speak to a member of the team or for emergency advice, please contact Specsavers Blyth on 01670 354000.

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