College Of Optometrists ‘Green’ phase advice from 10 May 2022

9 May 2022

College of Optometrists has changed Covid-19 advice from the Amber Phase to the Green Phase from Tuesday 10 May 2022

* SpecificGuidance

*What this means:

  • *Social distancing requirements removed.
  • *COVID-19-related PPE is no longer required*.
  • *Prioritisation of care based on each nation’s regular local protocols.

*Services provided

  • *Resume all services on an open access basis.
  • *Re-introduction of aerosol-generating procedures

*UKHSA continues to recommend universal masking in all health care settings as a precaution to prevent the risk of transmission of respiratory infections including SARS-CoV-2. All staff should continue to wear a fluid-resistant face mask in the green phase as instructed by UKHSA. All people/ patients visiting health care settings should continue to be recommended to use a face covering as recommended by each nations health system.

With this change of advice the following are no longer required:

·    COVID-19 Amber phase guidance  

·    COVID-19 specific decontamination protocols 

·    Physical distancing 

·   COVID-19 modified eye examination; but still encourage needs-led approach 

However, the following continues to apply:  

·   Masks – all staff; UKHSA advising that all patients should continue to be recommended to use a face covering. 

·   Regular asymptomatic LFT 

·   Maintaining high standards of infection prevention and control procedures (good hand hygiene, decontaminating equipment; immunisations/vaccines) 

·   People with symptoms of respiratory in

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