An Update from Haine and Smith

Like so many others, we have been adapting to the changing situation that the coronavirus has caused. In light of the changes and new stricter rules put in place by the UK government as of 23/03 we have made the decision to temporarily close all of our practices from Wednesday 25th. This decision is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and patients.

We will be running an urgent and essential service by phone only. Details of how to contact Haine & Smith for this service can be found in the FAQ below.

Many of our customers are awaiting orders from us that are normally collected in practice. We will be contacting those individuals with orders to confirm delivery details. We ask that you please be patient with us as we get through all our orders.

We want to thank all our patients for your continued support during these difficult times. We will keep you updated on the re-opening of our practices when it is safe to do so.

FAQ

Will any of your practices remain open?

No, sadly from Wednesday 25th March 2020 we have taken the decision to temporarily close all our practices. We will re-open as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so.

What if I haven’t paid for the order yet?

We will be in contact with you for any outstanding balance prior to mailing the item out to you.

When will I receive my order?

We are aiming to get any completed orders that have not been collected by the 26th out and in the mail as quick as possible. We will be contacting those with orders individually to confirm all details.

Can I still contact you?

As I am sure you can appreciate, we will be running with a minimal number of staff from the 26th onwards. As such we ask that you only contact our Head Office if it is essential or if you require an urgent/essential eye appointment. For anything else please contact us via email at info@haineandsmith.co.uk.

What is considered an urgent or essential?

  • Urgent care would include urgent clinical advice or intervention e.g. for red or painful eyes, contact lens discomfort, foreign object, sudden change in vision or new floaters and/or flashing lights.
  • Essential eye care would for be instance where a key worker or elderly person needed a sight test and new spectacle prescription, had broken their glasses, where a contact lens wearer needed more lenses, or where a visually impaired person or child needed eye care.

How do I get in contact if I fit under one of these categories?

Please contact our head office on 01672 513686 and explain that you need to speak with someone about urgent or essential eyecare.

You will then be passed onto a member of staff who will provide guidence.

NHS Customers

You're entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • are under 16*
  • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education*
  • are 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison*
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher*
  • get Income Support*
  • get Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance*
  • get Income-based Employment and Support Allowance*
  • get Pension Credit Guarantee Credit*
  • get tax credits and meet the criteria*
  • get Universal Credit and meet the criteria*
  • have a low income and are named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate for full help with health costs*

* You’re also entitled to an optical voucher for help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses.

You may be entitled to a reduced cost sight test and an optical voucher if you have a low income and are named on a valid NHS HC3 certificate for partial help with health costs.

Apprenticeships:

If you are aged 16 years plus and are currently in an apprenticeship scheme you do not qualify for a free sight test or an optical voucher unless you meet the criteria above.

For more information, please contact your local branch who will be happy to assist you.

Not entitled to a Free Eye Test?

Don’t worry we have you covered.

Request an appointment online and receive £10 off your sight test or glasses.

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