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Covid Vaccine Roll Out Has Begun

The LOC has started sharing the data provided with the relevant CCG’s. The vaccine coordinators may get in touch directly on the numbers provided or via the practice. Phone calls are usually from a withheld number. Some CCG areas are only offering the vaccine to those who work within an optical practice within their area …

8 January 2021

North East Optical Society (NEOS) CET resumes

CET events will run virtually – January to April, 7pm login time to start at 7.15pm prompt.  It will be determined if face-to-face networking events can resume after this. There will also be at least one peer review; whether it is done virtually or in-person will be confirmed in 2021. Due to the increased number of …

29 December 2020

Updated referral information

Remember to regularly check the member-only section of this website for any updates regarding referral information to the local HES

28 December 2020

Lateral flow testing devices for COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic patient-facing staff

Rollout of lateral flow testing devices for COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic patient-facing staff delivering NHS services in primary care On 9 November NHSE&I announced that the Government had agreed that testing will be made available to all asymptomatic patient-facing NHS staff. This letter confirms how all four primary care contractor groups (medical, dental, optometry and …

19 December 2020

Covid Antibody testing

Covid antibody testing is available to those who work in Health and Social Care. Access is via social care but the survey allows you to input ; ophthalmic optician or dispensing optician. HERE

9 December 2020

How to Get Help with Opera

  The Opera platform includes a Help and Support page with a range of useful resources. There is also an online chat function from the home page, the blue chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner, which can be used to seek help during registration or ongoing for service delivery. Opera introduction webinars took …

27 November 2020

Opera Registration/Onboarding Top Tips

We’ve put together some tips to help you avoid some common errors: Practice Registrations When you complete your Practice registration the initial onboarding login will be sent to the email address inputted as ‘main contact email’. Please ensure that this email address is unique to the Practice that you are registering, and is correctly inputted without typos Please ensure that you …

27 November 2020

GRR/Childrens service transition to new IT platform

Opera system – From next week onwards, PES will be asking all practices that deliver PES services to register to transition to Opera. Practices will receive an email which will include an invitation to register. Once you receive this email, please complete the registration process as soon as possible, ideally before 14 December 2020. If you are not …

27 November 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

Control the risk of covid spreading between staff members

  Reinforce messages that social distancing and mask wearing are practices equally essential away from the immediate clinical area   Remind staff in both non-clinical and clinical areas of the importance of hand hygiene, particularly before and after changing or touching masks   Assess whether face to face training is necessary, and if so, ensure …

19 October 2020

LOCSU Latest News

Locums and non-NHS practices to register for Covid-19 vaccination

Supporting LOC work already under way

15 January 2021

Meet the Board – Charles Bill, LOC representative for the South region

Optometry, Mozart and Dr Frankenstein – meet the man who just can’t sit still

12 January 2021

OFNC Update – Impact of new lockdown on practices in England

GOS contractors are invited to give confidential input on service viability

8 January 2021

Further update on Covid-19 Vaccinations for Optical Practice staff

Programme is expected to gather pace in the coming weeks

8 January 2021

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