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 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 Tuesday the 7th September at 7pm. This will be a virtual meeting held via teams.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News


Monday 20th September 2021       Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn NE13 6BP   6.30pm-9.00pm    Buffet Available AGM AGENDA Introduction Optometry First and National Ophthalmology Transformation Update – LOCSU New Head of Optometry Newcastle Eye Centre – Ms Sonali Patel Primary Eyecare Services Overview Chair Report Secretary Report Treasurer Report Proposals Voting to join …

12 September 2021

Free Flu Vaccinations

We have been informed that the optical workforce will be eligible for free flu vaccinations this year. Please contact a local pharmacy to arrange the vaccinations and ensure all attending have some form of ID which states their place of work or company.

3 September 2021

Post Cataract Patients

Currently there are no CCG commissioned Post Cataract Community Services within NTWLOC area. Any patient presenting to your practice following cataract surgery is presenting for a GOS/Private sight test only and not a post cataract review. Practitioners are therefore only required to complete the contractual obligations of a GOS sight test. Practitioners are not required …

19 July 2021

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LOCSU Latest News

Optometrists Asked to Update The NHSmail Data Protection Security Toolkit (DSPT)

NHSEI/NHS Digital has issued a request for NHSmail account holders to complete the Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DSPT).

20 September 2021

Launch of the Eye Care Hub Website

The national eye care recovery and transformation programme (NECRTP) team has launched a new website, the Eye Care Hub, on NHS Futures.

31 August 2021

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Our next meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday the 7th September at 7pm. This will be a virtual meeting held via teams.


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