AN INDEPENDENT opticians in Salisbury and Amesbury is extending its services to support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memory Opticians, on Catherine Street and Salisbury Street, is delivering spectacles to those in need, including older members of the community and high-risk patients, who are unable to collect them in-store.

Staff will travel free of charge to the door of patients who cannot visit the practice, even delivering contact lenses and solution to those in self isolation.

Memory says it is also maintaining its commitment to repairing existing spectacles, as any patient who sends in their glasses can expect them to be delivered back to their home as soon as possible.

For patients who are in need of an emergency pair of glasses but are unable to come into practice, they will be able to visit Memory‘s website and select a replacement pair that will also be delivered to their door.

Patients can then choose a replacement pair in practice when it is safe for them to do so, which will be discounted off the original price paid for the online order.

It is also ensuring all equipment in the practice is regularly disinfected, as well as door handles, frames and sunglasses to ensure there is a safe environment if a patient have to visit for an emergency appointment.

Director and managing partner Katie Memory said: “The wellbeing of our patients is our highest priority, so these measures are about ensuring the health of those in local area is maintained during this period of uncertainty.

“We hope by extending our services beyond our normal capacity will allow our patients to follow government guidelines of staying at home, whilst retaining peace of mind in their eye health.

“Our eyes are one of our most valued assets, so it’s vitally important that we stay open for emergency appointments only and guarantee that our patients are receiving the same level of care attention, even in these testing times.

“All of our thoughts go out to all of those affected by COVID-19 and we hope we can continue to support our community for as long as possible.”

For more information call Salisbury on 01722 410959 and Amesbury 01980 624065.