Coventry & Warwickshire LOC Latest News

Dry Eye Guidance 2021 for Community Optometrists

The LOC has had new documentation for Community Optometrists in practice on identifying, grading and managing Dry Eye disease. This report has been written by Mr Rana (Consultant Ophthalmologist), agreed by the CCG and is aligned with recent advice and updates. Please see the download link below: CCG UHCW DRY EYE GUIDELINES – 2021  

22 March 2021


Please see below a link from NHS England to book a COVID-19 vaccination which includes eligible frontline health workers. Book a coronavirus vaccination – NHS ( This is an online booking system through NHS England where you are able to book your COVID-19 vaccination at a centre close to you. Please ensure you are registered …

21 February 2021


The LOC has had positive news from UHCW for COVID vaccinations for Front Line Health and Social Care Staff within Coventry and Rugby CCG. To book a COVID vaccination, you will need to register your details, create a login and schedule an appointment by using the SwiftQueue link at a time that best suits you. …

20 January 2021

Emergency Referrals to Warwick Hospital

The LOC is aware of the communication issues with Warwick hospital regarding Optometrists referring emergency patients to their care. We have had a number of Optometrists share their experiences with us and the difficulties they have encountered. We are currently working with both UHCW and SWFT, as well as the relevant CCG’s to address this …

10 January 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update Coventry and Warwickshire

The LOC are committed to providing updates for available vaccines for members across the Coventry and Warwickshire region. Please read below for current news. Leamington We have had a notification for Leamington Optometrists/Practices for vaccinations at Clarendon Lodge Medical Practice for Optometry teams. Please follow the instructions below for vaccination availability and contact details: Instructions: …

10 January 2021

How to apply for a NHS.NET email account

Hello All, As an LOC we are aware that many Optometrists are requiring a NHS.NET email account. Attached below is a PDF information guide with instructions explaining how to apply for a NHS.NET account, as well as who is eligible to apply. Instructions for NHS.NET application If you need any further assistance, please do not …

24 November 2020

Change of Date for New Paper GOS Forms

Not ready yet to move your GOS forms online? Don’t panic, PCSE have extended their move to GOS online until the 31st January 2021! This means current paper GOS forms can be used and submitted until this date and only the new style paper forms, which are only designed to be used if online claims …

24 October 2020

Upcoming CET Claim Deadline

The Continuing Education Training (CET) claim window is fast approaching its deadline date of the 30th of November 2020. The claims process is completely online, whereby postal submissions are not accepted. Registration via the PCSE online website is required and applicants can only claim for their CET grant through a contractor. This means employees will …

24 October 2020

CHEC Providing Wet AMD Service

In Coventry, Rugby, and Warwickshire North, an alternative provider CHEC is now accepting referrals for suspect wet amd patients. CHEC has three mobile treatment centres across this area to treat patients, and the waiting time aim is around 1-2 weeks. If you would like further information, please click on the link below for more details …

24 October 2020

SpaMedica Coventry Opening

SpaMedica have opened a brand new hospital in Coventry Tile Hill in July 2020, where they are now accepting referrals for cataracts, YAG laser and wet amd. Optometrists can refer their cataract patients for pre-operative assessment for cataract extractions as well as YAG laser for posterior capsular opacification. Post-operative appointments for cataract extractions are then …

9 September 2020

LOCSU Latest News

New OFNC Chair Confirms Course for the Coming Year

The incoming Chair of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee, Gordon Ilett, has thanked outgoing Chair Paul Carroll for the leadership he has provided throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

7 April 2021

Workshops Provide ‘Great Discussion and Feedback’

Last week two packed virtual workshops were held as LOCSU looked at the future of Optometry first urgent eyecare services.

31 March 2021

COVID-19 Exemption for Patient Signatures Extended

The DHSC has confirmed today that the temporary measure whereby NHS GOS contractors state ‘COVID-19’ instead of requiring patient signatures on forms has now been extended until 30 June 2021.

29 March 2021

Department of Health and Social Care Confirms GOS Sight Test Fee Increase

The Department of Health and Social Care has said it will increase GOS sight test fees by 1.9% from April 2021.

25 March 2021

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