Carnforth opticians awarded ‘COVID-safe’ status

Independent Butterfield Opticians has been recognised by Lancaster City Council for creating a safe environment for patients during the pandemic

Butterfield Opticians team
An independent practice has been recognised for its commitment to creating a safe environment during COVID-19 by the local council.

Butterfield Opticians in Carnforth has been certified “COVID-safe” by Lancaster City Council.

The practice, which is part of the Hakim Group, has placed safety at the top of its agenda in recent months, with strict hygiene measures being enforced.

The ‘Lancaster Covid Safe Award’ was put in place by the council to reassure the public on businesses who have gone the extra mile to guarantee the safety of their customers.

All team members at Butterfield Opticians are equipped with full PPE, including masks, gloves and gowns. Social distancing procedures are in place, and touchpoints and frames are sanitised after each use.

Appointments have also been lengthened to allow the testing rooms to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after each patient’s visit.

To be awarded COVID-safe status, businesses must have undertaken a comprehensive risk assessment, put in place appropriate controls, and trained staff to a high standard.

Dhiren Patel, practice manager at Butterfield Opticians, said: “Safety has always been our priority ever since lockdown was introduced, and I’m so pleased that all of the hard work the team has put in has been recognised in this way.

“All of our patients have been reassured that they are being looked after, and we are proud to say we are one of many businesses in Carnforth who are doing their upmost to guarantee their customers’ wellbeing.

“Despite the new tier 3 restrictions, we are still operating as normal. Patients are still able to receive a full eye examination with their optometrist and are able to choose the best frames for them, with the usual hygiene measures in place.

“We’d like to thank Hakim Group HQ for helping us to achieve this award. Their commitment to providing the very best guidance and support throughout this period has been invaluable.”

Carnforth, along with the rest of Lancashire, was placed in tier 3 measures from 17 October in an attempt to lessen the spread of COVID-19.