COVID 19 Updates for Optical Practices
PPE Supplies - If you are struggling to source PPE, the Bradford LOC have small quantities of Type IIR masks available to purchase. Please contact our secretary for further information and for costings.
Alternatively you can source your own PPE from
or any other reputable supplier
Bradford Macula Centre-Update 28/05/2020
All referrals to the Bradford Macula Centre should be sent directly to them as you would have done prior to the current COVID-19 situation. Please do not send these patients via the GP or to BRI as this will result in unnecessary delays.
Please continue to use the WET AMD referral forms that are available to download and print here. This document is also available in a word editable file from the bottom of this page. This will enable the correct information to be captured so the patient can be triaged.
Referrals can no longer be sent via Fax. Macula referrals should come in by letter or ideally email to avoid delays. The e-mail address is below. This will require the use of an NHS email account. I believe I sent information on how to currently do this last week to all contractors, and a copy will accompany this email.
If you have an OCT, please use it and email the scan to firstname.lastname@example.org. This applies even if you do not have an NHS.net email address; due to the exceptional circumstances the potential to reduce patient harm by emailing an OCT currently outweighs the risk of using non-encrypted email. Due to the additional sensitive information contained in the macula referral forms if emailed these need to be sent using an NHS email account.
Please find attached an update from the Eye Department at BTHFT with regards to what changes are happening there, and the current guidance for patients that require referral to the Eye Department at BTHFT or referral for cataract surgery.
Please note this guidance is accurate as of 27/05/2020, any changes we will of course continue to update you on.
This advice relates to Eye departments within the BTHFT, so mainly Bradford Royal Infirmary. For any other providers of Secondary Eyecare , please contact them directly to find their current guidance.
Bradford LOC Secretary
Bradford LOC Corona Virus Advice 23/03/2020
In these unusal times, our working arrangements will need to be altered. Arrangements are changing frequently and so the information below is current at the time of writing- but maybe superseded when circumstances change.
You can access information and updates from our professional bodies below:
To order PPE you can use the following website setup for Optical Practices: