Optometrists – College of Optometrists updates Amber phase guidance

Optometrists - College of Optometrists updates Amber phase guidance

An interesting read for Optometrists and other Healthcare workers from Optometry today. In the wake of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the Government has refreshed infection prevention. As well as control guidance for healthcare workers.

The College of Optometrists has updated its Amber phase COVID-19 guidance. This is to reflect Government changes to infection prevention and control protocols.

The refreshed guidance follows the international spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The World Health Organization has designated this a ‘variant of concern.’

The Government published updated infection prevention and control procedures for health and care workers on 24 November, outlining measures designed to prevent the transmission of flu and respiratory viruses including the virus that causes COVID-19.

The guidance recommends maintaining physical distancing of at least one meter across all health and care settings. This increasing to two meters where possible. Health and care workers, as well as patients, are required to wear a face-covering over the winter period. This requirement is likely to remain until at least March/April 2022.

The Government has recommended that care pathways are defined locally, removing the three COVID-19 specific care pathways of high, medium, and low. On 30 November the College of Optometrists updated its Amber phase COVID-19 guidance to reflect the refreshed Government protocols.

Also, you can read the full article on the Optometry Today website, by clicking here

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