Coventry & Warwickshire LOC Latest News

UHCW SwiftQueue Booking System

FAO Health Care Professionals in Optometry UHCW Eye Casualty will be offering telephone triage appointments for patients via swiftqueue. This is for patients to access a telephone triage themselves. There will be a QR code and website link on the trust webpage for the patients to follow. However, Optometrists will still have access to the …

22 July 2021

Free CET Webinar

“Follow Me Beyond The OCT” SpaMedica are hosting a free CET webinar on the 22nd June 2021 at 7:00-8:15pm on OCT. This is hosted by their Regional Lead Optometrist, Sarah Hardy. The live event will include a special guest speaker, Professor Tariq Aslam Consultant Surgeon. Please click on the link below if you would like …

14 June 2021

CCG Approval for Direct Referrals to SpaMedica Coventry

The LOC has had notification that Optometrists in the Coventry and Warwickshire area are now able to refer patients directly to SpaMedica Coventry via email, fax or post for cataract extractions and YAG laser. This means the referral letter no longer needs to go through the GP. This has been approved by the area …

3 June 2021

SpaMedica Cataract Post-op Accreditation Webinar Invite

SpaMedica Cataract Post-op Accreditation Webinar Invitation This is an exclusive invitation to the live CET webinar event for the SpaMedica Accredited Partner Programme.  The CET webinar will be streamed live and is open to all community optometrists. SpaMedica is registered with the GOC as a CET provider and you’ll receive one CET point for attending …

11 May 2021

Invitation for Coventry and Warwickshire AGM 2021

An invitation for all Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians, Contact Lens Opticians, Pre-Reg Optometrists, and Pre-Reg Dispensing Opticians within Coventry and Warwickshire region. The AGM is being held on Thursday 13th of May 2021 virtually via Zoom and begins at 6:30pm. PEER REVIEW CET POINTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OO/IP Please confirm attendance by emailing with …

19 April 2021

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

LOCSU Latest News

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

Fresh New Look Planned for NOC in 2022

Work is underway for a new look NOC in the Spring of 2022.

11 October 2021

Afghan relocation and resettlement schemes – additional guidance for optometry practices

Individuals and families arriving in the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme or Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme (ACRS) will be entitled to free NHS care.

8 October 2021

Influenza Vaccine Funding for Primary Eyecare Announced

NHS England and NHS Improvement have made new funding available for influenza vaccines for patient-facing NHS general ophthalmic contractors and their frontline staff.

30 September 2021

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