Welcome to the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC website

Northumberland Tyne and Wear Local Optical Committee

The Northumberland, Tyne & Wear LOC is the official organisation that represents optometrists and opticians in our area. It was formed in January 2015 by the amalgamation of North of Tyne and South Tyne & Wear LOCs. The main role of the LOC is to work with local NHS commissioners to make community eye care services accessible to patients and cost-effective for the NHS.

The objective of this website, launched on 6/6/2020, is to provide eye care practitioners, other health care professionals and the public with information about all aspects of eye care provision available within Northumberland, Tyneside and Sunderland.

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Our next meeting

Our next meeting will be in October, dates will follow shortly once confirmed.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Cataracts CET Event, 25th November – 3 CET Points

Please joint us for a virtual CET event hosted by Newmedica on 25th November 2020 6pm. Post-operative assessment of cataract surgical patients by a community-based optometrist is becoming more common in multidisciplinary cataract pathways. The optometrist needs to be aware of the eye examination results associated with a normal recovery process, what complications may occur …

29 October 2020

RVI Wet AMD Referral Update

Our macular colleagues within NuTH have requested that all Wet AMD urgent referrals are annotated with date and time of examination moving forward. These should a theoretically all be same day referrals, but please ensure that date and time of examination is clearly noted. We have asked that NuTH update their practitioner documents on the …

29 October 2020

Performers get ready for Opera

Opera is an exciting development in Primary Care Optometry. It will allow secure data and image transfer into secondary care and the HES. It also provides access to the NHS spine, allowing you to see the medication and health summary of patients who you are intending to refer to via one of the commissioned services. …

23 October 2020

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LOCSU Latest News

LOCSU launches #YourLOC campaign

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

23 November 2020

NOC LOCSU/WOPEC Virtual Peer Discussion sessions announced

Sessions will feature aspects of LOCSU Clinical Pathways

19 November 2020

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Our next meeting

Our next meeting will be in October, dates will follow shortly once confirmed.


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