The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed that patient signatures on GOS claims will become mandatory again from 1 September, so COVID 19 can no longer be used in place of a patient signature for sight tests that take place from this date onwards.
COVID 19 can be entered in the patient signature box of GOS claims still to be submitted for sight tests or spectacle collections that took place up to 31 August. This also applies to any previously rejected paper forms that need to be resubmitted.
Don’t forget to read PCSE's Business Continuity Guidance
Please make sure your practice team are familiar with the Business Continuity Guidance for Ophthalmic Contractors (available here). The guidance has been published by NHSEI and PCSE to ensure General Ophthalmic Services can continue when PCSE Online is unavailable, such as during system maintenance downtimes.