Eyesight: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th August 2020.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that communications on the importance of attending eyecare appointments for sight saving treatment is part of the NHS Open for Business communications campaign.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

The ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign has been developed by NHS England and NHS Improvement to encourage people to continue to access NHS services when they need healthcare during the pandemic.

Campaign assets have been made available for regional and local National Health Service communications teams to use, as well as partner organisations, such as charities. Further campaign materials have been targeted to a range of priority services and conditions, which have experienced a significant decrease in people accessing them or presenting with symptoms, such as cancer and stroke, and maternity and mental health services.

In line with NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance issued to National Health Service trusts on 17 March, all clinically urgent care should have continued to be available throughout the height of the pandemic. Urgent care would include urgent sight saving treatment.

A copy of the letter to NHS trusts is available at the following link:


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