COVID-19 update – information for study volunteers and visitors

 

Eurolens Research is OPEN and our team is working, some at home and some at the Carys Bannister Building. If you call our office number 0161 306 2132, or email us (eurolens@manchester.ac.uk) during standard office hours, your call/email will be answered quickly.

 

As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, please be assured that during these changing times, we are closely following guidance from The University of Manchester, professional optometric bodies and the government to ensure that visitors to Eurolens Research, and our staff, are kept as safe as possible. All current COVID-related information regarding participation in our clinical studies, or just visiting us, can be found here and we advise that you read it before attending.

 

In preparation for restarting our clinical research and welcoming back volunteers and visitors, we have modified our workspaces and practises to maximise everyone’s safety. So, next time you visit, you will notice some changes.

 

What has changed?

  • We’re aiming to keep our working space coronavirus-free:
    • Our staff will not be permitted to enter our building (The Carys Bannister Building) if they have COVID-19 symptoms, live with someone with symptoms, or have knowledge of exposure to coronavirus.
    • Our visitors will be asked COVID-19 screening questions before being allowed entry to our clinic area.
  • Social interaction is being discouraged:
    • Appropriate social distancing is being practised whenever possible.
    • Visitors will be asked to wear a face mask (which we will provide) throughout their visit, and our staff will also wear them during interactions, and when not in their own office space.
    • Communal areas have been closed or adapted to ensure social distancing.
  • Hygiene has increased throughout the building:
    • Visitors and staff should clean their hands as they enter the building using available hand sanitisers or washbasins, and should continue good hand hygiene throughout the day.
    • Cleaning/disinfecting procedures have been increased, with a particular focus on clinic rooms, high-touch areas and bathrooms.
    • All staff and visitors are encouraged to bring essential items only into the building.
  • Clinic visits/eye examinations have been modified in accordance with advice from professional bodies:
    • Clinic rooms and equipment will be wiped clean before each appointment.
    • Visits will be streamlined as much as possible to minimise duration.
    • Our optometrists will be wearing PPE during examinations, and we’ll be expecting our volunteers to wear a facemask for the duration.
    • As much of the visit as possible will be performed at a safe distance, and passing of paperwork, vision charts, pens etc. will be kept to a minimum.
    • Perspex screens have been installed on our biomicroscopes to introduce an additional barrier between optometrists and volunteers.

What do the changes mean for our volunteers/visitors?

  • If you think you may have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to coronavirus before attending your visit, please DON’T COME. Let us know and we’ll rearrange your appointment.
  • If possible, please avoid using public transport when travelling to us.
  • Whenever possible, please attend alone. If you need to bring someone with you e.g. to assist you, please let us know in advance and we will prepare an area for them to sit.
  • Attend at your designated appointment time to avoid unecessary waiting around.

  • When you arrive, a member of our team will greet you and ask you some COVID-19 screening questions before allowing entry to our clinic area.

  • Please do not bring excessive ‘luggage’ with you e.g. extra bags, coats etc.

  • Please bring your own pen for completing paperwork.

  • Please bring your own water/refreshments (for longer visits only, if required).