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Author Archives: A J Rawling


Heather Barrington (Optometrist) Retiring

We are sadly saying goodbye to one of our long standing optometrists Heather Barrington on Friday 31st March.  After 16 years of brightening our days with her sunny disposition Heather is retiring early to dedicate more of her time to the church and her family.  She will be greatly missed by staff and patients alike and we wish her all the best.


COVID-19 Update – Sept. 2022

‘The government has now removed all domestic legal restrictions regarding Covid-19 in England.

New guidance for opticians recommends that the decision to wear a face mask should be risk assessed, depending on the proximity to the patient and amount of time spent with the patient.  This means that our staff will continue to wear masks in some situations, but we no longer require you to do so.

If you would prefer all staff to wear a face mask while you are in the practice for your appointment we are happy to do so if you request it.

We continue to follow the strict NHS guidelines for cleaning and sanitising surfaces and equipment, and offer hand sanitiser throughout the practice.’


Sue Christensen’s Retirement Lunch

In July the A J Rawling’s team wished a fond farewell to a well respected colleague Sue Christensen who had worked at the practice for many years.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Le Talbooth with the current team, our new optometrists Thanusha Moodliar and Susan Thomson, and the previous owner of the practice Chris Sims, who all wish her a very happy retirement.


COVID 19 Update July 2021

COVID 19: Update July 2021

As an Optical Practice we are an NHS health care setting and will continue to follow current Government advice and procedures to ensure patient and staff safety.

Please do not attend the practice if you are experiencing any coronavirus/COVID-19 symptoms such as high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell OR if you or a member of your household or your bubble is waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test.


In order to maintain social distancing within the practice we are continuing to operate by appointment only.

Please call 01473 252026 to book or let us know what you need (contact lenses, solutions etc). We can take payment over the phone and arrange a time for collection.

Arrive as close to your appointment time as possible, in order to maintain social distancing within the practice we are not able to let you in until it is safe to do so.

When you arrive for your appointment please ring the doorbell in the porch, we will be looking out for you and come and let you in as soon as possible.

We will:

  • Ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival
  • Check your temperature
  • Ask you to wear a face mask/covering at all times within the practice.

To help us maintain social distancing within the practice please do not bring anyone with you unless it is essential, if you are bringing a child for an eye examination please do not bring any other children with you who do not have an appointment booked.
If you do need to bring somebody with you to your appointment they will be required to come into the consulting room with you for your test.

Face masks/coverings

We currently require all patients (including children) to wear a face mask/covering within the practice and for the eye examination.

The eye examination requires contact within one metre and face masks/coverings reduce risks to our practitioners and patients. Even if you would normally be considered exempt from wearing a face covering in other shops we would ask that you wear one for your sight test due to the close contact and length of exposure involved.

If you feel you will not be able to wear a face mask/covering even for the short time required to perform the eye examination please let us know. It will be at the discretion of the examining optometrist whether they will agree to perform an eye examination without a face mask/covering being worn.


COVID-19 Update

We are now re-open to the public and conducting both NHS and private sight tests.

Priority will be given to patients with visual symptoms, and we may need to ask you questions over the phone before booking your appointment.

We are adapting to a new way of working with longer appointment times, some restrictions to the way we operate and full PPE for all staff.

We ask for your patience during this time as you may have to wait longer to get an appointment, and when you do come in you will be asked to wear a face-mask and adhere to our social distancing policies.


Look after your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are worn safely and loved by millions of people.  However, research shows that not all contact lens wearers know how to look after their lenses properly.

If you’ve not seen your optician in a while, it’s a prime time to book in an aftercare appointment.

At these appointments, your optician will check that your contact lenses are fitting correctly and that your vision is good, and will talk to you about the best ways to care for your lenses to make sure your eyes stay healthy.

If you love your eyes, you should love your lenses.  As well as cleaning and storing contact lenses properly, there are other steps that should be taken, such as making sure they never come in to contact with water and always
taking them out before going in the bath or shower.

Find out more about how to love your lenses at: loveyourlenses.com