Independent opticians hand delivering glasses to those in self isolation

Date published: 25 March 2020

An independent opticians in Rochdale is extending its services to support vulnerable people in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team members at Paul Cheetham Eyecare on Lord Square, Yorkshire Street, are delivering spectacles to those in need, including older members of the community and high-risk patients, who are unable to collect in-store.

Staff will travel free of charge to the door of patients who cannot visit the practice, even delivering contact lenses and solution to those in self isolation.

The opticians is also repairing existing spectacles; any patient who sends in their glasses can expect them to be delivered back to their home as soon as possible.

For patients who require an emergency pair of glasses but are unable to come into practice, they will be able to visit Paul Cheetham‘s website and select a replacement pair that will also be delivered to their door. 

Patients can then choose a replacement pair in practice when it is safe for them to do so, which will be discounted off the original price paid for the online order.

Special attention has also been made to ensure regular disinfection of all equipment in practice, as well as door handles, frames and sunglasses to ensure there is a safe environment if a patient visits for an emergency appointment.

Optometrist Faheem Sarfraz said: “The wellbeing of our patients is our highest priority, so these measures are about ensuring the health of those in local area is maintained during this period of uncertainty.

“We hope by extending our services beyond our normal capacity will allow our patients to follow government guidelines of staying at home, whilst retaining peace of mind in their eye health. 

“Our eyes are one of our most valued assets, so it’s vitally important that we stay open for emergency appointments and guarantee that our patients are receiving the same level of care attention, even in these testing times.

“All of our thoughts go out to all of those affected by COVID-19 and we hope we can continue to support our community for as long as possible.”

For more information on how Paul Cheetham can help, call the practice on 01706 647119.

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