New referral pathway for Waltham Forest, City & Hackney, Tower Hamlets & Newham areas

20 November 2023

Dear Colleagues,

The single point of access to send Routine and Urgent referrals is now in place and several practices have begun successfully referring via this route. To ensure the referrals are processed accurately, each should be clearly labelled in the Subject line as per the guidance below and only one patient per referral sent. Please follow the guidance issued:

How to refer:

General Guidance:

Wet AMD Guidance and form for download:

How to set up an NHS email account:

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Single Point of Access for non emergency referrals in Waltham Forest

Community optometrists need to send referrals directly to a new Single Point of Access (SPoA), which routes them to the patient’s preferred hospital for triage and management.   For NEL referrals please email: For general queries please email:   Please see the below link for further details about what should be included in referrals and further …

13 May 2024

AGM & CPD 8th May 2024

Dinner, CPD and AGM opportunity -8th May 2024.   Dear All, This year’s NELLOC AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th May at Kanchans banqueting Suite, 53-55 Perth Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex, IG2 6BX.(Nearby Car Park Cranbrook Road IG2 6NB). The North East London Local Optical Committee are pleased to announce another face to …

22 April 2024

NHS Email Address Authentication Code From NHSBSA

There have been enquiries from practitioners who need an email and one of the requirements is an Authentication Code from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). NHS Business Services Authority have advised the following: Contractors now apply through the NHS Mail Portal for Optometry, however they require an authentication code from ourselves to apply. …

8 December 2023

CET claims window closing on 2nd November

The 2023 claims window  will remain open until Thursday 2 November.   Please see the following webpage for more details:   Submitting a CET claim | PCSE (

20 October 2023

Changes to General Ophthalmic Services Regulations

The letter is from NHS England confirming the GOS regulations changes. NHS England » Changes to General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) regulations  

20 October 2023

New Referral Pathway for Hackney, Newham & Waltham Forest

From 30th October NHS North East London will be introducing an alternative NHS referral pathway, for patients registeredwith GP practices in City and Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.    Dear colleagues,   For those with patients registered with GPs in the above areas, please see details of the new referral pathway soon to …

20 October 2023

Moorfields A&E Update

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30 August 2023

Dinner, CPD & AGM 29th June

This years’ NELLOC AGM will be held on Thursday 29th June at Kanchans banqueting Suite, 53-55 Perth Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex, IG2 6BX.(Nearby Car Park Cranbrook Road IG2 6NB). The North East London Local Optical Committee are pleased to announce a face to face event where we can again meet and enjoy another evening …

22 May 2023

LOC Database Update

We are currently in the process of updating the LOC database to ensure we can send important news and alerts to those that it may be relevant too.  It is also important we hold up to date details. If you would like to continue (or start to) receive information from the LOC please complete the …

18 May 2023

Latest referral guidance for suspected WET AMD

The NE London Ophthalmology & Eyecare Board has been working on a consistent wet AMD referral pathway for the whole of London with the agreement of a pan-London referral template. Both Queens, Whipps Cross, local commissioning and optometry representatives have been a part of this work.   NE London ICS is one of the first …

20 March 2023

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LOCSU Chair Conference: 10 June

LOCSU is hosting the inaugural Chair Conference on Monday 10 June from 10am – 4pm at The Wesley London Euston.

20 May 2024