While the store is closed for routine appointment, Specsavers Newport is still open to support key workers and provide essential care.
Still supporting the community
The team has already supported a number of local key workers, including replacing glasses for NHS workers – allowing them to return to work – as well as providing urgent care for locals suffering with retinal detachments, macula holes and, in one instance, a patient suffering from Anterior Uveitis, a potentially sight-threatening inflammation of the eye.
Meanwhile, the specialist care in-store has meant that a number of people suffering from detached retinas, macular degeneration and other painful sight conditions, have not needed to visit their GP or local hospital eye service.
Customers are encouraged to call the city centre store – based in Friars Walk - 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 the store, they will be asked to do so, with key workers being prioritised. Any face-to-face contact will be minimal and will be handled in line with current government guidelines.
Taking strain off NHS
Jason Williams, store director in Newport, says: ‘Our aim has always been to take the strain off the NHS – and this is more important than ever before.
'We have made the decision to close our Spytty Road store to safeguard our staff and customers, and while our city-centre store is closed for routine appointments at the present time, the team are still very much here to support people with their essential eye and hearing care needs – so please give us a call if you need us.'