Application Deadline extended till 9th of June 2021

1 May 2021

NHSE Special School Service NE &Y region

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 vision, including sight test, and the dispensing and fitting of glasses – all completed on the school premises.

Why the need?

Children with special needs often have difficulty ‘seeing the world’ in the same way as other children – this service will help to identify these issues, and support teachers, parents and children to use their vision in the best way to help them with communication skills, mobility and independence.

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Lateral Flow Tests

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1 May 2021

Update Wet ARMD fast track forms 28.4.21

These are now available to download from the remarks section of the website. NB the forms for both SEI and RVI have been updated. Completed forms should be emailed via NHSemail to the relevant HES.

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Ophthalmology Transformation WILL bring change to Primary Care Optical Practice across NTW

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1 May 2021

Primary Care Optical Practice is a hugely undervalued aspect of eye health.

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Post-Operative Cataract information

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Requests for diagnostic testing

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Sign up to PES to offer Enhanced Services

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