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

Application Deadline extended till 9th of June 2021

NHSE Special School Service NE &Y region See Flyer here;            Special School Eye Care Service Clinician Recruitment What is the service? NHS England has developed an in school eyecare service for all children in special schools across England. The service will enable every child to get the most from their …

1 May 2021

Genetic Testing for Inherited Eye Conditions

Gene testing for any eye conditions is now available via the NHS. There’s a new website to help inform patients and professionals about this. We need to be able to help discuss this with patients to support referral back for this, even if they were tested in the past! A new website is available to …

1 May 2021

Lateral Flow Tests

NHSE have reminded us that the results of LFT should be uploaded once they are undertaken on to the central portal.

1 May 2021

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LOCSU Latest News

LOCSU Looks for Optical Leads

Opportunities have arisen for highly skilled people to join the team of Optical Leads supporting Local Optical Committees (LOCs) across a range of projects and activities.

28 May 2021

Help When It’s Needed Most

Optics has been through a turbulent time over the last year.

7 May 2021

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Our next meeting

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


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