A couple of short weeks ago I had never heard of the word, and now here I am…furloughed, along with all the team, apart from one clinican and a receptionist for emergency cover. But the word ’emergency’ has changed definition it seems. Conditions which would have been straight to Eye Casualty (do not pass go, do not collect £200) are now ‘wait and see’ or ‘monitor’. Hospitals are no longer deemed safe spaces it seems.
One good thing is that groups of like-minded practitioners are forming on FB and we’re working together to get through this, with mental health and businesses in tact. Sadly not all all practitioners are taking this collaborative approach but I’ve met some fabulous fellow optoms and ophthalmologists all keen to use the time to share and expand our knowledge.