Local Extended Primary Eyecare Services

The following services have been commissioned in the NTW area through Primary Eyecare Services, the national commissioning provider company for North East and North Cumbria LOCs.  The LOC advocates local commissioning of a number of LOCSU pathways that would move more services to Primary care bringing eye care closer to peoples homes and supporting Ophthalmology capacity.


There are currently no MECS or CUES services commissioned in the NTW area.


Glaucoma Repeat Readings service (GRR)

This will allow the capture of repeat readings for both IOP and field defects.

This service will become a mandatory for all patients being referred into SEI secondary care with rasied IOPs or suspicious fields. Patients will need to be examined within the service prior to referral. Any patient seen at a non participating practice needs to be directed to participating practice prior to referral.

We are working with NuTH and the North ICP CCG’s to madate this service for RVI patients.

The aim of this pathway is to:

    • reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service
    • reduce patient anxiety and increase capacity within the overburdened hospital glaucoma clinics
    • provide a more cost-effective service with a greater number of patients being managed within the primary care setting

Any patient being referred without being seen through the service will have their referral deflected by secondary care, they will be directed back into the service and to a participating practice.

If you are not an existing subcontractor with PES please can you confirm your interest in providing this service by completing the registration form via this link

If you are an exisiting subcontractor with PES but do not currently deliver the GRR/IOPRR service please contact Please ensure to include full practice name and address and which service in which locality you wish to join.

Community Childrens Service

The aim of this pathway is to:

    • reduce unnecessary referrals to secondary care ophthalmology departments.

This is achieved by allowing community optometrists to provide management and treatment to children who are found to have suspected amblyopia following school screening.

More information available here.


Post – Operative Cataract Assessments – Newmedica, Teeside Only

A post cataract surgery review scheme, in conjunction with Primary Eyecare Services, this is a community based optometrist led post-operative review, whereby ‘accredited opticians’ can complete a patients post-operative check at their practice. This can be completed alongside a standard GOS1 sight test and can be followed by a dispense as needed. Only patients that are referred directly to us, either from the optician/GP. To best ensure your patients are treated quickly and can attend your practice for a post-operative review it is of high importance they choose Newmedica for their treatment at the point of referral. Signing up is easy, please get in touch with Newmedica for further details or to start your accreditation by emailing

Our next meeting

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

Our next meeting

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

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