Sourcing PPE

Optical Practice must have an NHSemail to access PPE via the NHS portal. This is aimed at providing PPE for NHS patients only. Therefore you may still require a private supply of PPE depending on what % of your patients are generally eligible for GOS tests.

Current advice on PPE is available from the College of Optometrists website, who advise we wear single-use gloves, aprons and sessional surgical masks and visors. Plastic breath shields should be attached to slit lamps and disinfected between patients.

Limit use of PPE by conducting a telephone/video call first. If patients have symptoms of COVID you should not see them, refer to secondary care. If you do not have adequate PPE you should not perform an eye examination.

If you need help calculating the amount of PPE you require, Birmingham Optical have produced some resources to help you.

NTW LOC declare no affiliation with any of the following companies, they are listed only to help local practices obtain sufficient PPE for their needs. Other PPE suppliers are available.

Local PPE Suppliers

Mondiale – Hexham – 07538 000729

Northumbrian Medical Supplies – Newcastle – 0191 2867799

PPE Suppliers Ltd – M’Bro – 01642 467654

        Safechem – Covid cleaning products, Co. Durham

National PPE Suppliers

Primary Eyecare Supplies (non for profit)

Alcon slit lamp breath shields email

Centrostyle prevention and protection products 

Clear Vision eyewear – a range of PPE. Use ABDOFIVE for a 5% further discount

Dibble Optical hygiene products

Eyespace: full-face shields, safety glasses (fit-over) and protective goggles

Go Eyewear PPE visors  email

Grafton Optical Perspex hygiene screens

Grafton Optical slit lamp breath shields

Haag Streit downloadable larger breath shield template for Haag Streit slit lamps

Hands on Science face shields

Heidelberg engineering protective breath shields

Hilcovision replacement breath shields

Louis Stone slit lamp breath shields

Low Cost PPE

Luminati slit lamp breath shields

Luneautech  UVC framedisinfection

Practice Building UVC frame sanitiser

Primary eyecare supplies

Safilo safety glasses and facial shields Contact to purchase.

Stevenage Packaging Ltd – 01438 742890

Topcon breath shields for slit lamps

Zeiss slit lamp breath shields

        Flexi PPE – PPE & protective screens

Instaprint – Counter top sneeze guards

Three Sixty – PPE Supplies

Shop Shields – Protective Screens

Bondeye Optical – PPE Supplies

 Mid Optic – PPE Supplies

   Mainline Optical – PPE Supplies & Frame Sanitiser


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