Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

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

Keep NHS mail active

Contractors must log into their NHS mail to ensure their account remains active. Also check both FOCUSED and OTHER mail box to make sure your not missing anything!!

19 July 2021

Locum Optometrists/Contractors who don’t have an NHS email.

Please note the following clarification from the Business Services Authority, which has been issuing NHS.mail accounts for optom contractors on behalf of NHS England and NHS Digital. Please circulate to your members.  New NHS Mail Accounts  Both NHS England and NHSBSA are aware that some contractors and locum clinicians have been struggling to setup new …

19 July 2021

Contractors; vaccination status must be updated monthly if any changes

The HCW vaccination status is an URGENT return that is being asked nationally of all NHS healthcare providers, to support the Governments management of the vaccination roll-out programme. The return must be completed on a monthly basis; the first Friday of each calendar month. You only need to fill this in once, unless numbers change, …

19 July 2021

SEI ECLO email address updated

It has been brought to our attention that the email address on this website was incorrect. If you have sent any direct referrals through over the past year, please could you email below and ask if they received the original one.  Or resend you original to this email. We apologies for any problems this can …

16 June 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

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.

1 May 2021

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

There’s a lot of change envisaged and practices need to start understanding what this may mean for them. There will be an update from LOCSU at our AGM, Date TBC but aiming for end of June. We’d recommend trying to sort out any ongoing practice system issues resulting from the earlier changes to how we …

1 May 2021

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

Primary Care Optical Practices have the skill set, workforce, clinical capability, equipment and, most importantly, the willingness to improve the eye health opportunity and eye health journey of our local communities. However, it needs to be recognised that Primary Care Optical Practices can no longer be expected to provide services under goodwill or through the …

4 March 2021

LOCSU Latest News

Treasurer sessions help share ideas

Three virtual sessions have been held for LOC treasurers to enable networking and share ideas.

29 July 2021

LOCSU’s Interim Clinical Director is named Vice Chair of the CCEHC

LOCSU’s interim clinical director Zoe Richmond has been elected as the new vice chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) following a vote by the members of the Clinical Council.

27 July 2021

GOS contract management functions to move to Integrated Care Boards from April 2022

NHS England has confirmed to the OFNC that General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) will remain a national contract with terms, fees and grants continuing to be negotiated nationally.

23 July 2021

COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Eye Care Services in England

Following the publication of England’s COVID-19 summer 2021 and the Prime Minister’s follow-up statement on 12 July, the government has stated that health and care settings in England should continue to maintain appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.

13 July 2021

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