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Eyecare is still available in lockdown

5 November 2020

It has been confirmed Optical practices can stay open to provide care for our communities during the second lockdown.

https://www.aop.org.uk/our-voice/media-centre/press-releases/2020/11/04/association-of-optometrists-confirms-opticians-will-remain-open-during-second-english-lockdown

Please contact your local practice if you have any eye problems – as well as providing sight tests, your Optometrist may be able to provide a Minor Eye Conditions service which could enable you to be seen and treated in your community, rather than having to visit a hospital.

Durham LOC Latest News

Are you joining us at the National Optical Conference?

The first session of this year’s virtual NOC is tomorrow – follow the link below to book a place and see what other sessions are available #NOC2020 National Optical Conference

24 November 2020

The National Optical Conference Goes Virtual

Did you know that if you are an Optometrist working as a contractor or performer, you are automatically an LOC member? The NOC starts in a week’s time and this year is a virtual conference, so as a member, you are invited! Click here to see the sessions you can attend and to book a …

16 November 2020

PPE in Optical Practice

A reminder of PPE requirements in Optical Practice: Please see the members area for a letter from NHS England with learnings from hospital outbreaks for COVID-19.

13 November 2020

Email Updates

All practitioners registered for LOC emails should have received quite a few updates tonight including details on a new papilloedema referral form, a reminder on emergency and urgent referrals and confirmation that patients for the Cataract Post Op service are now being discharged to be seen through the community scheme. If you don’t already get …

13 October 2020

Referral Update

Please see the member area for updated telephone number for EED at the RVI. We have been advised by local hospitals that current waiting times for routine surgery and outpatient appointments can be up to 6 months. For cataract referrals, Newmedica in Teesside is available and is still operating at a very short waiting time …

5 October 2020

Reminder on referrals

Just a reminder that all direct referral pathways that were in use pre-COVID are re-open. Please direct all appropriate referrals via the pathways, referring to another Optometrist if necessary, rather than direct to the GP. Thanks.

23 September 2020

We are live!

Welcome to the new Durham LOC website – we are now live! We would love your feedback – please contact us to let us know how you’re finding it. Local practitioners can register to be a member which gives access to more detailed referral information – please click on the “Register” link at the top. …

17 September 2020

Cataract Post Op Service

It was great to see so many of you attend last week’s launch event for the Post-op cataract service in Durham and Darlington.   The service and changes to the Optomanager module are scheduled to go live from the 17th September 2020.   The link to the launch pack for the service is below – …

15 September 2020

Coronavirus – COVID 19

Please find below link to below to access the latest guidance issued by Public Health England and the NHS to primary care. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care/wn-cov-interim-guidance-for-primary-care   Further guidance has also been issued by the AOP: https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/professional-support/health-services/2020/02/12/aop-publishes-coronavirus-advice

15 March 2020

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LOCSU launches #YourLOC campaign

Campaign aims to drive awareness of LOCs and the benefits of more optical practitioners getting involved

23 November 2020

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