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Northumberland Tyne and Wear Local Optical Committee

The Northumberland, Tyne & Wear LOC is the official organisation representing 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.

Our website aims 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 committee meeting held virtually on 19th March 2024 at 7:00pm.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Use NHS Service Finder to obtain GP practice NHS emails

Instructions have been sent to Contractors to help Performers (optometrists) send referrals and communications to GP via NHS mail. Sent Feb 2024. Please remember these should be sent from practice SHARED MAIL BOXES were possible (rather than personal NHS mail addresses) or EGRESS for those who do not have access to NHS mail accounts.

22 February 2024

North of Tyne Service due to Launch 1st of March via OPERA, managed by Primary Eyecare Services

The local NHS has commissioned two new services to be available within Primary care Optometry practices for people who have North of Tyne GP’s/addresses (Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle & Gateshead ).   Pre-Cataract Service referrals Glaucoma Enhanced Case Finding   Primary Eyecare Services are currently working towards a 1st of March roll out. Contact for …

14 February 2024

‘Preparing your patient for cataract surgery’ – Spamedica CPD

3 INTERACTIVE CPD POINTS ARE AVAILABLE   Tuesday 19th March 2024 6.00pm – 8.30pm SpaMedica is registered with the GOC as a CPD provider and delegates receive 3 interactive CPD points for attending this event. There will be a tour of the hospital and refreshments are to be provided. SpaMedica Gateshead The Edge, Fifth Avenue, …

8 February 2024

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LOCSU Latest News

New Standard Clinical Specification To Enhance Access to Minor and Urgent Eye Care Across England Released

A new standard clinical specification for community minor and urgent eye care has been published today.

23 February 2024

PCSE Online System Downtime

Due to maintenance, PCSE Online will be unavailable from 6pm until 7.45pm on Thursday 15 February.

14 February 2024

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Our next meeting

Our next committee meeting held virtually on 19th March 2024 at 7:00pm.

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