An opticians’ practice on Charlton Road has been named a “lockdown hero” for keeping its services running through the pandemic.
Page & Small Opticians was one of 20 practices honoured by SightCare, a professional organisation for opticians and optometrists.
The family-run business has stayed open throughout the crisis, offering remote care and urgent services during the first lockdown, often including collecting and delivering eye drops, contact lenses and glasses to people who were vulnerable or self-isolating.
It also took the opportunity to redecorate and revamp its premises, going paperless in the process.
Abi Page, dispensing optician and director, said: “I was determined that something positive should come out of the negative situation we found ourselves in. During the quiet days in April, I found myself planning and risk assessing to make the practice Covid safe for the future. We had an issue with space and social distancing would be a challenge. A refit seemed the only option!
“With the help of my multi-trader husband and home-schooled children in tow, the work quickly progressed. There were some tough long days but we worked together, made memories and I’m so pleased with the finished results, the practice looks amazing and we have made progress to become greener too. We are a stronger family, team and business because of it.”
SightCare said: “We are exceptionally proud of how independent optical practices have worked to keep the eyesight of their community safe during the pandemic, while also complying to the ever-changing regulations. They have shown not only great dedication to their small independent business, but to their local community, making them worthy Lockdown Heroes.”
Abi added: “Our team have worked exceptionally hard over the past few months in often difficult circumstances. They have embraced the changes and challenges that Covid have thrown at us with a continuous positive attitude and a smile behind the mask. It’s a wonderful feeling to have this effort recognised and we are very grateful to SightCare for the award.”
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