An Update From Mackies Opticians
In these unsettling times, I wanted to update you on all the things we are doing at Mackie Opticians to assist in providing you with our award-winning professional eyecare.
Opening Hour Updates:
We have increased our clinic capacity and now provide clinics every day Monday to Saturday in both our Bothwell and Lesmahagow practices. For those patients who cannot attend in person, although we cannot currently offer a home visiting service, we can offer a virtual appointment using NHS Near Me software which can be set up through our website at www.mackieopticians.co.uk . All you need to access the online service is a device with a connection to the internet, including phone, tablet, or desktop PC. Please contact us beforehand to make an appointment.
New Solutions and Services:
As well as providing all our current clinics including routine sight tests, contact lenses, eye casualty and our specialist clinics we are also providing new clinics for patients who cannot access services due to reduced NHS hospital capacity or extended waiting times. These new services include a new clinic for assessing visual stress – such as reading difficulties or migraine headaches and private fast track referrals for outpatient assessments or surgery such as cataract.
Appointments and Bookings:
Our clinics are running at full capacity with extended appointment times including emergency appointments available every day.
We would encourage you not to be put off attending if you are feeling stressed about the current pandemic, as your eyesight is part of your overall health screening.
Please be assured we have set up protocols with your safety as our priority and we have full PPE and new seating areas to allow social distancing as well as new equipment to sterilise all areas and frames.
World Sight Day:
World Sight Day was on 8/10/20 – a day dedicated to the 1 billion people in the world who do not have access to glasses or surgery and have avoidable blindness.
Thank you to all our patients who donate your old spectacles to us which we recycle to our partners in India and Cambodia. Dr Scott and Dr Roisin Mackie are looking forward to assisting in the cataract clinics next summer in Cambodia. For more information on our social purpose please visit https://www.mackieopticians.co.uk/why-mackies/eyecare-projects/
We have also been asked to provide flu and later COVID vaccinations at specialist centres as part of the plan to immunise a large proportion of the population and we are wanting to help in any way we can. We are constantly in touch with other colleagues proving care and triage from our referrals and would like to acknowledge all NHS, support and key workers at this time and we are proud to be part of NHS Scotland providing your eyecare.
We hope that you are all remaining safe and well and look forward to speaking with you again,
Mackie Opticians Staff