Some practical information about your appointment day:
We are open during this latest Covid-19 lockdown and Tier 4
We have to do things a bit differently. We have to ask you a few questions about how your eyes feel when you ring to book your appointment.
We all wear PPE for your, and our, safety. We sanitise the practice and equipment between patients so things will take a bit longer than usual. That means that you will need to ring us for an appointment before calling in to the practice for anything.
Please wear a mask for your visit.
Have a look at this poster Keeping our patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and this video made by The College of Optometrists, for more information.
At present, all parking in Houghton-le-Spring is free. The nearest car park belongs to Lidl, at the top of Mautland Street (where the Co-op used to be, for those that know Houghton-le-Spring). Parking is restricted to 90 minutes at Lidl. There are a couple of disabled bays near the Lidl car park, as well as a drop-off area, both of which are very near to the practice in Mautland Street.
There is some off-street parking beside the northbound A182; turn first left after the A690/A182 roundabout, immediately before the footbridge over the road. There are large, free, car parks on Station Road, but it's an uphill walk (a short one) to the practice from there.
Houghton-le-Spring is well served by buses. All the buses stop on Houghton-le-Spring’s main street, Newbottle Street, which is a minute’s walk to the practice.
For people with mobility problems there is a drop-off access to the practice door. Please ring the practice beforehand – 0191 5842226 – for directions.
NHS Sight tests
If you qualify for an NHS sight test on income grounds please bring your benefit letter or card with you to show us on the day. The NHS Choices website has information about NHS sight tests.
Our opening hours are:
- Mon: 9am-5pm
- Tues: 9am-5pm
- Wed: 9am-5pm
- Thurs: 9am-5pm
- Fri: 9am-5pm
- Sat: 9am-12:30pm
For more information on our services please contact us and a member of staff will be in touch.
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