Durham LOC Latest News

Notification of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Durham LOC will be held on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at Ramside Hall Hotel (Durham) at 6.30pm. In addition to the AGM, Hoya will be providing a CPD event. The Agenda for the AGM, Chair’s Report, Treasurer’s report and registration details  will be available in due course.  If you …

27 April 2022

Optegra Team Valley Added to Cataract Provider List

County Durham CCG have added Optegra in Team Valley (NE11 0BE) as a provider choice for cataract surgery. You will now find Optegra Team Valley as a choice of provider for patients within this service on Opera. Referrals are currently still directed via the patients GP, so please ensure that you also annotate the referral …

18 February 2022

New Online Maculopathy OCT Course Available

WOPEC and LOCSU have launched a Maculopathy OCT Interpretation lecture series. This course is aimed at Optometrists involved in Maculopathy referral filtering and monitoring services as well as MECS and CUES. There are 5 lectures and the course is worth 5 CPD points. Please email for a code to be able to access the …

13 January 2022


All of us at Durham LOC would like to wish our colleagues a wonderful Christmas! We hope you all enjoy the festivities and we will be contactable again in the New Year.

23 December 2021

Great Committee Meeting Last Night

Thanks to everyone who attended our committee meeting last night – we had lots to discuss and it was really productive. Our next meeting is provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 1st March 2022. And please see our members area for a copy of the second pair application form if you need to issue a second voucher …

1 December 2021

Committee Meeting Next Week – Date Change

Our regular committee meeting is going to be a day earlier than previously advertised and has been changed to Tuesday 30th November at 6.30pm via Zoom. Please contact us if you would like a link to attend as an observer.

21 November 2021

SEI Urgent Referral System Change

Please note that ANY urgent referrals to Sunderland Eye Infirmary MUST be followed up with an admin phone call to confirm the email has been received. Emergency referrals must continue to be telephoned in. Phone numbers and further details are in the member’s area.

11 November 2021

Walk in clinics – COVID 19 booster for eligible health and social care staff

There is an opportunity to get a Covid 19 booster at a walk in clinic over the next couple of days:  7th and 8th October 14.30-18.00 – Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN   Eligible Optical team members can access a COVID 19 booster at walk in clinics in a marquee on Palace Green, Durham City. DH1 3RN between 14.30 …

7 October 2021

NHSmail Data Protection Security Toolkit (DPST) Update

If you applied for an NHSmail account during Covid19 and have not yet completed the DPST, please see the following: NHSX, NHS Digital and NHSEI are holding webinars to help contractors in the completion of the DSPT. Presented by John Hodson, Senior Information Assurance at NHS Digital, the webinars will feature a short demo, tips …

21 September 2021

Missing Referral Details

The LOC has been contacted regarding a number of referrals that are being sent to GP practices without the Optometry practice name and address. There seems to be a particular issue where a GOS18 type form is being used. If you are sending the referral electronically, please ensure the referral document itself includes your practice …

21 September 2021

LOCSU Latest News

Booking Opens for LOCSU’s National Optical Conference 2022

Booking has now opened for this year’s LOCSU National Optical Conference (NOC) in Leeds 10-12 October.

27 July 2022

LOCSU Launches LOC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Survey

LOCSU is working with Local Optical Committees to assist them in using equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across their committees and as part of their decision-making processes.

27 July 2022

LOCSU Produces Film To Guide LOCs Through Recent NHS Reforms

LOCSU has produced a short video that looks at what the NHS reforms will mean for Local Optical Committees (LOCs).

25 July 2022

LOCSU’s Response to the GOC’s Call for Evidence on the Opticians Act

LOCSU has submitted its response to the General Optical Council (GOC) on proposed changes to the Opticians Act.

20 July 2022

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