Rotherham and Barnsley LOC Latest News

Rotherham MECS to end on 31st March 2021

Unfortunately, the MECS scheme in Rotherham will come to an end on 31st March 2021.  Further information to follow.

6 March 2021

New Rotherham Ophthalmology Emergency Number

Please use the following number for  all EMERGENCY Ophthalmic concerns:  07514621998 for Rotherham HES between clinic hours of 08.30- 17.30. Outside of these hours, please use the on-call Ophthalmologist via switchboard. This is in use from the 3rd March 2021. Please do not give this out to patients or GPs, it is for Optometry use only. For …

6 March 2021

COVID Vaccine for Locums

Locums, please register for the vaccine via the following link, if you have not already done so through other routes: 

16 January 2021

Primary care lateral flow testing SOP available

Primary care lateral flow testing SOP.

13 January 2021

Opera replaces Optomanager for MECS

The new IT platform Opera has now replaced Optomanager for MECS assessments. Please get in touch at if you need any help with the change-over.

13 January 2021

Lateral Flow Tests for Optical Staff

Please order tests for practices through the PCSE portal.

13 January 2021

Vaccine for Health workers

All optical practice staff are a priority group for the COVID19 vaccine. Click here for letter update on vaccine from NHS England Click here for LOCSU’s update on the vaccine 

13 January 2021

Post Payment Verification (PPV) pilot now been completed

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has been undertaking a Post Payment Verification (PPV) pilot and has now been completed.  This process is ready to be rolled out nationally and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw is the next NHS Regional area to be enrolled in the process.  

8 July 2020

LOCSU Latest News

New OFNC Chair Confirms Course for the Coming Year

The incoming Chair of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee, Gordon Ilett, has thanked outgoing Chair Paul Carroll for the leadership he has provided throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

7 April 2021

Workshops Provide ‘Great Discussion and Feedback’

Last week two packed virtual workshops were held as LOCSU looked at the future of Optometry first urgent eyecare services.

31 March 2021

COVID-19 Exemption for Patient Signatures Extended

The DHSC has confirmed today that the temporary measure whereby NHS GOS contractors state ‘COVID-19’ instead of requiring patient signatures on forms has now been extended until 30 June 2021.

29 March 2021

Department of Health and Social Care Confirms GOS Sight Test Fee Increase

The Department of Health and Social Care has said it will increase GOS sight test fees by 1.9% from April 2021.

25 March 2021