Routine Ophthalmology Referrals


Practices are now encouraged to send referrals direct to ophthalmology by email from a secure practice address, with a copy to the GP.


If it’s not possible to refer direct, routine referrals can be sent to the patient’s GP using the GOS18 referral form or the practice’s own template.

Electronic (email) direct referrals to LTHT can be made by sending to:

Please note this is a change of address.


Referrals from the Cataract Direct Referral Scheme or the IOP Refinement Scheme must be on the appropriate referral forms.

Non-urgent referrals can now also be sent to the new Leeds ‘AQP’ Community Ophthalmology providers either direct (preferably emailed through  GPs can access this service through the electronic E-Refer service, currently unavailable to optometry practices.

Urgent referrals should not be sent to the GP – see urgent ophthalmology referrals .


Routine direct referrals to Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Routine direct referrals to Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust can be made by using a secure ( email account.

Send referrals to

Please note the change of email address.

Your usual headed letter, GOS18, etc can be scanned and sent as an attachment.

If possible, please indicate which sub specialty clinic is required – eg Cataract, Cornea, Diabetic/ Medical Retina, External Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Laser (YAG capsulotomy),  Low Vision, Oculoplastics / Orbits / Lacrimal, Other Medical Retina (incl ARMD), Squint / Ocular motility, Vitreoretinal, etc.

Children’s Referrals

1. Routine non-urgent- any of the following

A)     Email to

B)     Post to:

Referral booking service
St James Hospital
Ground Floor- Room 12 Ashley Wing

2. Urgent

Refer via PCAL – See Urgent Ophthalmology referrals

This is NOT advised if suspected papilloedema is an incidental finding and no symptoms.

If nausea, headache and blurred discs request same day to LGI paeds A&E.


Leeds Community Ophthalmology (AQP) Service


Leeds has an adult NHS community ophthalmology service which has been commissioned in 2015 with ‘Any Qualified Provider’ (AQP) contracts.

This allows patients to be seen outside of a hospital setting, closer to home, with reduced waiting times for for non urgent conditions.

A number of different providers are eligible to offer services and all have signed up to a Consultant Led Ophthalmic Delivery Network (CLODN) to ensure uniform level of service and standards of care across the city. The services are delivered by multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians including suitably qualified optometrists and are all led by a consultant ophthalmologist.

Providers are listed on E-Refer (previously Choose and Book) for referrals from GPs, but optometrists can refer direct to the service of choice.

Contact details for all current providers and further details about the service are available here.


YAG Laser Capsulotomy

The Ophthalmology and Optometry team provides a YAG laser clinic in the Eye clinic at St. James’s University Hospital and at Seacroft Hospitals.

Patients referred by their optometrists with Posterior capsular opacification will be booked directly into a YAG laser clinic. Patients will be assessed, consented and treated in that one stop clinic.

Please be aware that if you mention PCO in your referral letter it will be assumed that your patient requires YAG laser and they will be booked into our one stop clinics.

Please make your patient aware of this and provide them with a copy of our posterior capsulotomy leaflet which outlines the process and risks and benefits of the procedure.

The leaflet can be found on LTHT’s Ophthalmology website

Practices are encouraged now to send referrals direct to ophthalmology by email from a secure practice address, with a copy to the GP.


It is recommended that each practice has one main NHS mail address, and individual practitioner accounts can be linked to this through shared mailboxes.


The LOC will support all practices who have not yet applied for or started using their email address. Please contact


To apply for a account go to



Please note that you do not now need to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT), which replaced the Information Governance toolkit, when applying.  A shortened 15 question ‘NHS mail checklist’ available on the Quality in Optometry (QiO) website can be completed and sent with your application.


We will be soon be publishing here a list of all local ophthalmology and GP practices email addresses for your convenience.

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