The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has a new working group to discuss the exit phase from the Covid-19 lockdown and there after. The group will provide members with guidance and recommendations on protocol during the exit phase and when practices open again to provide routine eyecare.

The working group consists of Jo Holmes, president; Daryl Newsome, vice president and chair of the National Clinical Committee (NCC); Debbie McGill, head of policy and public affairs; Clive Marchant, past president; Josh Smith, NCC member; Kevin Gutsell, NCC member; and Tony Harvey, NCC member.

The group has worked on issues including the patient journey, practice structure, the personal protective equipment (PPE) which will be required in the immediate exit phase and what PPE will still be necessary.

It has looked at adaptations that members can make to their practices to enable social distancing, disinfection and sterilization, as well as ideas on how to structure appointment systems, for example by providing specific days for vulnerable patients, referred to as shielded groups.

ABDO expects to release guidance and recommendations on exit phase protocols soon, depending on the updated government and public health advice.