Information Resources

The following are the main websites providing up to date information. At the time of writing we still await information on how NHS England will support GOS contractors, but the College and OFNC have advised stopping all routine consultations.

Along with the GM area team we have put together some FAQs which you can access here:

Download Covid-19 FAQs

The GM team have also provided the following notification form if you need to let them know you are closing or reducing hours due to Covid-19:

Download) GOS Contract Notification Form (Covid-19)

If you are involved in extended services, especially MECS, don't forget you need to tell whoever holds your contract if you close or reduce hours. For most this will be Primary Eyecare and you can notify them at

General Optical Council

This includes advice on the supply of spectacles and contact lenses during the current emergency.

Learn More GOC on Covid-19

College of Optometrists

The College follows up the GOC guidance with further advice on telephone consultations.

Learn More College of Optometrists on Covid-19

Primary Eyecare Services

Advice from Primary Eyecare on extended services and Covid-19

Learn More Primary Eyecare Services on Covid-19

Association of Optometrists

The AOP will provide regular updates for the profession

Learn More AOP on Covid-19

UK Government

Guidance for healthcare professionals, the public and employers businesses on the UK’s approach to COVID-19.

Learn More UK Government on Covid-19

NHS England

Advice for Primary care.

Learn More Covid-19 and Primary Care


Advice for practitioners

Learn More LOCSU on Covid-19

Greater Manchester

Advice from Andy Burnham and the Business Growth Hub

Learn More Greater Manchester Advice