Stop routine sight tests. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Stop routine sight tests. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

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Ruth Brown started this petition to College of optometrists. NHS England. AOP. ABDO

I would like NHS England and the College of optometrists to update their advice immediately for optical practices. In light of the new stricter lockdown, including the closing of all schools,  I would like all routine sight testing to be suspended until the covid infection rates have dropped significantly. 
I feel this is vital for a number of reasons. 
Firstly to protect patients, many of whom are extremely clinically vulnerable. By continuing to offer routine tests we are giving many of them the impression that it is a safe thing to do. Whilst wearing PPE may help reduce the spread of infection I do not think it is responsible to imply that it offers complete protection. ( If that were the case then surely covid would be under control by now and I wouldn’t know 5 optical staff who have tested positive in December)  

Secondly to protect optometrists and staff. In order to provide tests we have to sit within about a foot of strangers in rooms with no ventilation. Every routine test risks the lives of the staff that perform it at this point in the pandemic - I do not know of any other allied health professions continuing to see routine appointments at the moment. 

Finally in order to protect the NHS. If we continue with routine tests surely we are encouraging people to make non essential journeys and this risks further spreading of covid 19. 

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