New urgent eyecare pathway for Milton Keynes

27 August 2021

From 28th August 2021, the pathway for referral of urgent cases in MK is the BLMK Community Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES). This service provides urgent assessment and treatment for recent and sudden onset eye problems, for children and adults registered with a GP in Bedfordshire, Luton or Milton Keynes. A new urgent & emergency eyecare pathway document will be released by the CCG soon to reflect these changes. For further information, see our MK CCG page.

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CET claims window closing soon

We want to remind you that the 2021 CET claims window will close at midnight on 31 October. If you haven’t already submitted your CET claim, please make sure you do so before the end of this month as they are unable to process claims received after this date. Over 6,000 CET claims have been submitted …

18 October 2021

Afghan evacuees

We understand that our region has welcomed several Afghan evacuees. Following their initial isolation period, you may be contacted by those seeking eyecare. Read the full advice for primary care here. Afghan relocation and resettlement schemes – additional guidance for optometry practices Individuals and families arriving into the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance …

10 October 2021

Update to NHS Mail and the Data Protection Security Toolkit (DSPT)

All organisations with NHS Mail accounts are required to complete the Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DSPT) on an annual basis. Although waivers were previously applied due to the pandemic, from 1 July 2021 all optometry contractors applying for an NHS Mail account have been required to complete the DSPT.  Contractors have a full 12 …

20 September 2021

NHS staff self-isolation and return to work following COVID-19 contact

Public Health England has issued updated guidance on NHS staff self-isolation and return to work following COVID-19 contact. Read the full guidance here.

15 August 2021

Annual GOS complaints survey

If you’re a GOS contractor, you’ll need to complete the annual GOS complaints survey by 11:59pm on Friday 3 September. Visit NHSBSA for more information. The 2019/20 GOS complaints submission was paused due to Covid-19, however it will be open in conjunction with the 2020/21 submission which will run from 26 July 2021 until 3 September 2021. Under GOS regulations 2008, contractors are …

11 August 2021

MHRA issues advice on PPE and heat stress

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in warm/hot environments increases the risk of heat stress. This occurs when the body is unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. Heat stress can cause heat exhaustion and lead to heat stroke if the person is unable to cool down. Measures to control the temperature of clinical …

6 August 2021

College updates its Amber phase guidance

The College of Optometrists has updated its Amber phase COVID-19 guidance . Their position remains clear – practices should continue to remain open for routine services while prioritising patients on a needs and symptoms-led basis. Optometrists and other practice staff should continue to maintain comprehensive infection prevention and control procedures, including the wearing of appropriate PPE …

25 July 2021

Reviewed guidance on PPE/IPC

The College of Optometrists, ABDO, the AOP and FODO have issued guidelines on appropriate infection prevention and control measures following recent government announcements. They advise that optical practices should continue to follow the College’s Amber guidance. On 19th July, practices should therefore continue to: follow current IPC guidance, including PPE ensure social distancing remains in …

14 July 2021

Changes to how primary care staff access lateral flow devices for asymptomatic testing

The way that NHS staff across all primary care contractor groups (medical, dental, optometry and community pharmacy) order lateral flow device (LFD) tests is changing. From 5th July 2021, all NHS staff will be able to order tests directly through the government lateral flow ordering portal and have these delivered to their home addresses. This update …

3 July 2021

Suspension of need for patient signatures on GOS forms extended

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has approved an extension to an existing temporary measure in England to help limit the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) by suspending the need for patients to sign prescription, dental and ophthalmic forms. The suspension has been in place since 1 November 2020 and is now extended …

30 June 2021

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Case Study: Implementation of a Postoperative-Cataract Service in Conjunction With Wakefield LOC

LOCSU has produced a case study looking at one of the first trusts to implement a Postoperative cataract service.

14 October 2021

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