We are open

PRACTICE UPDATE – we are now open in Newport and Newbridge

Firstly, can we say that we hope you have all kept well and safe during this challenging time.  We want to say a massive thank you for all your patience and understanding in supporting our practices. 

Our Newport practice has remained open throughout as an emergency and essential care ‘Hub’ for the area and has been incredibly busy.  As a Hub we have been taking care of our regular patients, but we have also helped patients across Newport and the surrounding area, as we volunteered to help reduce pressure on the NHS during this crisis.

In total, we have

– treated almost 200 patients with emergency eye conditions

– telephone triaged over 100 patients to give advice and protect our eye care service.

– repaired over 350 pairs of spectacles

We have also been busy in our Newbridge practice, telephone triaging over 100 patients.

Following the latest guidelines, we are now permitted to plan a controlled return to our normal services, but you will notice a few changes in practice.  Initially, we have been instructed to prioritise our patients with emergency or essential eye care needs, but we are now permitted to see patients that may have suffered problems with their sight and spectacles during lockdown.  If this is you, please get in touch. We hope to return to seeing our patients on a routine basis very soon, but please bear with us until this is possible.

You will also notice some physical changes in practice, so please don’t be offended or alarmed, as we are doing our best to keep everyone safe. These changes include:

– a locked door policy, so we can only see patients who have arranged an appointment first

– social distancing in practice

– protective screens in reception

– fewer chairs in the waiting area

– hand gel to sanitise on entering and exiting

– staff in full PPE

– no magazines or leaflet available

– fewer appointments available due to ensuring practice hygiene and disinfection

– restricted use of our toilets

All we ask when patients visit the practice is to only attend the practice if you are symptom free of Covid-19.  Please attend as close as possible to your appointment time, and please come alone and with minimal possessions.  If you need assistance in attending, or are the parent of a child attending, please telephone the practice for more information.

Once again, we want to thank you for all your support and understanding and we’ll keep you posted on all our latest developments, but we are now open.

Please get in touch if you have any concerns on your eye health or spectacles and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Take care and stay safe

Everyone at F L Wangler Opticians

As we gradually ease in to more routine testing we’ll be doing everything we can to keep our staff and patients safe. Things will look quite different in our practices for the next few months, and we’ll be doing things a little differently. If you have any questions, or any concerns about your eyesight please feel free to contact us.

New Qualification

Huge congratulations to Elizabeth Neville. It has been confirmed this morning that she has passed her Independent Prescribing course. Liz has worked tremendously hard to undertake this qualification on top of her regular work as one of our Optometrists, but all the effort has now paid off.

Congratulations Liz, very well done.

*** Coronavirus (COVID-19)***

Following guidance from the Welsh Government we are only able to provide essential eyecare in response to COVID-19. As a result we have had to cancel all routine eye examinations and will not be booking any further routine examinations until we are advised to resume normal practice. Our practices will remain open for emergency eyecare, but please telephone before attending. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Holiday Opening Hours 2016/17

Saturday 24th December – Open as usual

Monday 26th December – Closed

Tuesday 27th December – Closed

Wednesday 28th December – Open as usual

Thursday 29th December – Open as usual

Friday 30th December – Open as usual

Saturday 31st December – Open as usual

Monday 2nd January – Closed

Tuesday 3rd January – Open as usual


Christmas Opening Hours

F L Wangler Opticians will close for Christmas at 1.00pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December and we will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 29th December.

We will close at 1.00pm on Wednesday 31st December and reopen for business as usual on Friday 2nd January.

Everyone at F L Wangler Opticians would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy 2015.

Safilo Open Day

October 31st will see the return of our popular Safilo Open Day.  After a few years off, we’re once again hosting Safilo in our Newport branch and offering discounts on any of their products ordered on the day.  It’s a great chance to view the full range of designer frames including brands such as Gucci, Dior, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and many more.

To book an appoinment telephone 01633 273684 or call in to our Newport branch.

Ty Hafan Taff Trail Challenge

565009_554708771248975_1131798539_nMany thanks to everyone who sponsored the F L Wangler Opticians team that took on the Taff Trail last Sunday.  With the help of customers, suppliers, friends and family we were able to raise over £1000 (and still counting) for Ty Hafan.  The conditions couldn’t have been better for the 52 mile challenge that Rich, Simon, Tim and Mike finished in 4 hours and 54 minutes.

F L Wangler Opticians are taking on the Taff Trail

220px-Taff_Trail_sign,_GrangetownWe’ve entered a team in the 2013 Ty Hafan Taff Trail charity bicycle ride.  On Sunday 1st September Mike, Tim and Simon from the practice (along with Rich Eaton) will be cycling the 52 mile Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff in aid of children’s charity Ty Hafan.  We’re aiming to raise £500.  If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link below.

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Oakley True Digital

otdWe’re proud to announce that we are now one of only 24 Oakley True Digital Premium Dealers in Wales and the South West. Working with Oakley, we are able to provide the ultimate in sports eyewear whether you want clear lenses or sunglasses, single vision or varifocals.  Find out more about Oakley prescription lenses here.