Welcome to Durham LOC Website

Durham LOC

Welcome to the website of the Durham Local Optical Committee (LOC). Durham LOC is the official organisation which represents General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) providing optometrists and dispensing opticians in our area.

The purpose of this website is to provide eye care practitioners, other health care professionals, and the public with information about all aspects of eye care provision available within County Durham and Darlington.

The members area holds confidential information for practitioners. If you are a local practitioner wishing to register, please do so via the link at the top of the page.

Please contact us if you cannot find the information you need on this site, or have any queries regarding eye care in our area. Thank you.

Our next meeting is

Wednesday 29th November 2023 6.45pm

Committee meeting via Zoom

Durham LOC Latest News

Important Message Regarding Cataract Referrals in County Durham

The following message is sent on behalf of your regional LOCs (Durham LOC, NTWLOC, Tees LOC, North Cumbria LOC).   Following discussions with our Integrated Care Board (which is responsible for commissioned NHS services in our area), we are clarifying the position around cataract referrals.   ALL cataract referrals in our region must route via …

11 September 2023

All Cataract Referrals are via GP

A reminder that all cataract referrals need to go via the GP. In Durham area all cataract referrals need to be seen in the Pre-Op Cataract Service which then sends the referral via Opera to the GP practice. If you do not provide this service, please sign up! Otherwise, you will have to refer your …

26 August 2023

Understanding Your LOC

Did you know that LOCSU have a course available on their website entitled “A Beginner’s Guide to LOC’s”? This course is available to all eye care practitioners and runs through the basics of what an LOC is, and what work in the LOC involves. It’s available via the members area of the LOCSU website. It’s …

20 July 2023

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LOCSU Latest News

#YourLOC Campaign – Get Involved!

Do you want to help expand primary eyecare? Have your voice heard on issues that matter?

29 November 2023

LOC Listening Exercise, 2023-24

LOCSU has launched a listening exercise that aims to hear from as many LOC members and contractors as possible.

23 November 2023

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Our next meeting is

Wednesday 29th November 2023 6.45pm

Committee meeting via Zoom


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