The National Optical Conference Goes Virtual
16 November 2020
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 place. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the LOC and LOCSU, and to understand the future of Optometry. We hope to see you there!
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
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
Eyecare is still available in lockdown
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 …
5 November 2020
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
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