Specsavers at The Brunswick will stay open with safety front of mind

SPECSAVERS at The Brunswick will remain open for all eye care and hearing needs when the country moves back into lockdown on Thursday 5 November.


Research* by the retailer showed that a third of people in the UK noticed a deterioration in their eyesight during the first lockdown, so is urging customers to keep their scheduled appointments.


While most retailers will close under the new restrictions, the government has recognised that opticians and audiologists provide essential health care services. This means that Specsavers will continue to keep their doors open to the public and offer a full breadth of services to the local community, including:

  • Comprehensive eye examinations
  • Hearing tests and hearing consultations
  • Home eye examinations for people with a physical or mental disability who are unable to leave their home
  • Contact lens consultations
  • Enhanced optical services for people experiencing any eye problems
  • Frame repairs and the provision of new glasses
  • Hearing aid repairs and the provision of new devices
  • Purchase of vision care products, such as an anti-fog lens solution for glasses wearers through to dry eye drops


Specsavers will also continue to offer its remote services for people who are self-isolating, vulnerable or unable to leave their home. These services include:

  • RemoteCare – a free nationwide consultation service offering advice and care via video and telephone link
  • Online shopping – glasses and contact lenses can be bought online with a current prescription
  • Ask The Expert – a Facebook group designed to give people access to professionals seven days a week, who can answer questions about general eye and hearing health concerns


Clinical services director, Giles Edmonds, says: ‘We understand the concern customers have as we move back into lockdown and want to reassure them that it is safe to go ahead and book an appointment or come in as scheduled.


‘As providers of an essential health service, we have played a key role in looking after people’s eye and hearing health throughout the pandemic and are delighted that we can continue to do so, while also playing our part in relieving some of the strain on our partners in the NHS.’


Specsavers has put in place various safety measures, including restrictions on the number of customers allowed in store at any one-time, social distancing, and bank card instead of cash payments, where possible.


Mr Edmonds adds: ‘We remain vigilant with our safety measures to guarantee the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our customers and our colleagues. We have adapted our ways of working so we can remain open to serve the public’s health needs and every store is adhering to strict government guidelines to ensure customer and colleague safety remains paramount.’


In line with NHS recommendations, Specsavers colleagues use personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the stores, wear face masks and other PPE during tests, and all testing equipment and frames are thoroughly sanitised before and after each use. Customers are also asked to request an appointment in advance by phone or online through the Specsavers website to help manage social distancing and minimise time spent in store.


Stores in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland currently remain open for all eye and hearing needs. Specsavers will adhere to each country’s industry guidance if and when changes to local rules are made.


To find out more information, you can call Specsavers Russell Square, Bloomsbury based in The Brunswick Centre on 020 7520 0010 or book your appointment online.

Philip Tufnell Reveals Tuff Cat Collection at The Brunswick Gallery

The Brunswick Shopping Centre is thrilled to announce that legendary international English cricketer / television personality, Philip Tufnell, is showcasing his astonishing, abstract art at The Brunswick Gallery now.


A limited number of signed prints by Philip are also available to purchase at The Brunswick Gallery, with prices starting from only £100.




Phil Tufnell said, “I love art. In fact, it’s a close call between art and cricket! Is art related to cricket? Who knows? I had team-mates who brought sketch pads with them on tour, and you’ve got to have a good eye to be an international bowler, so perhaps there’s something in it. I love to work in abstract art and with different techniques. My studio is full of spray-paint cans, because I really like the effects I can create. I’ve had some exhibitions already, and sold some of my paintings for charity. This latest collection is really exciting for me because it’s so personal.”



John Themis, Director of The Brunswick Gallery said, “Phil’s art is absolutely incredible. He is an extremely successful and skilled man and we are thrilled his art is now available for purchase in our gallery. I urge everyone to come down and see his pieces – Tuff Cat is going to be quite an iconic character and I am really excited to see his future creations too! We are also very lucky to have on show in the gallery a sculpture by Steven Kettle of Philip’s iconic hand holding a cricket ball – also available for purchase.”



The Brunswick Gallery is open on the following days:

Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm

Saturday, 11am to 4pm

Sunday, 11am to 4pm


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