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Rotherham Referral Information 


Rotherham Ophthalmology Outpatient Department 

The Rotherham Ophthalmology Outpatient Department has recently moved (~Nov 2020) to Rotherham Community Health Centre,  Greasbrough Road, Rotherham.

Useful telephone numbers

  • Emergency Ophthalmic concerns: 07514621998
  • Medical Retina:01709 423981
  • ECLO: 01709 423978
  • Orthoptics: 01709 423984

Routine Referrals: (other than Cataracts)

Should be sent on a GOS18 or equivalent, to the patient’s GP with the envelope clearly marked ‘Optometry Referral’

NB.  Referral Letters sent to the GP may not be opened for at least a week.

Urgent Referrals:

Should be emailed via a NHS.net email address only, to RGH using the below email address:

rgh-tr.ophthalmologysecretaries@nhs.net

Emergency Referrals:

Please call 07514621998 for all emergency ophthalmic issues for Rotherham HES between clinic hours of 08.30- 17.30.  (This is in use from the 3rd March 2021)

Please do not give this number out to patients or GPs, it is for Optometry use only. For any other enquires and issues please contact via Switchboard as usual.

Outside of these hours, please ask for the on-call Ophthalmologist when phoning the switchboard on 01709 820000.

Please bear in mind that any Suspect Retinal Detachment cases will be seen at the Hallamshire hospital, Sheffield. 

Patients being managed/discharged from the Rotherham General Hospital’s Orthoptists (Tel:01709 424452) are issued with a letter for the Community


MECS Pathway: 

From May 2022 Connect will manage the Minor Eye Care service for Rotherham.  The Service will be based at Ridgeway.

Appointments are available on Remote Booking and can be Care Navigated directly from General Practice.  There is also a telephone number 01709 423597 so patients can directly book by calling this number.

The following is it inclusion and exclusion criteria, which needs to be shared with your Care Navigators:

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Loss of vision – including transient loss
  • Sudden onset of blurred vision (unless sight test is more appropriate
  • Ocular pain or discomfort
  • Systemic disease affecting the eye
  • Differential diagnosis of red eye
  • Foreign body & emergency contact lens removal
  • Dry eye
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of edge of eyelids)
  • Epiphora (watering eye)
  • Trichiasis (in grown eye lash)
  • Differential diagnosis of lumps & bumps in the vicinity of the eye
  • Recent onset of diplopia (double vision)
  • Flashes / floaters

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe ocular pain requiring immediate attention
  • Suspected retinal detachment
  • Suspected Retinal artery occlusion
  • Chemical injuries
  • Penetrating trauma
  • Orbital cellulitis
  • Suspected Temporal arteritis
  • Suspected Ischaemic optic neuropathy (damage to optic nerve)
  • Sudden loss/dramatic in vision in one eye
  • Corneal Transplant Problems
  • Suspected Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Adult Squints
  • Long standing diplopia (double vision)

WET AMD Fast Track

The attached guidance should be used to determine if WET AMD is suspected. Referrals can be made using the attached form and emailed via a NHS.net email to:

 rgh-tr.mrco-ordinators@nhs.net 

For any queries please telephone 01709 427844


Cataract Referrals

Cataract Referrals can either be made to Rotherham General Hospital (RGH) or SpaMedica using the appropriate form.

SpaMedica will also accept cataract referrals sent to them on a GOS18.

Cataract Referrals for patients registered with a Rotherham GP attract additional payment to the contractor regardless of where the patient is sent for their cataract surgery.

To claim these additional payments the RCCG form must completed and sent to the address at the bottom of the form.

Post Operative Assesment for extractions done at SpaMedica can only be done by SpaMedica accredited optometrists. Forms can be found via the links on this page. Further details for SpaMedica can be found on their website.


Hydroxychloroquine Referrals

In line with the recent Royal College of Ophthalmologist Guidance, Patients who are being treated with Hydroxychloroquine medication should have some form of screening with an OCT.  This needs to be done at a Hospital Ophthalmology Department. Any requests from a medical practitioner for an Optometrist to conduct such screening should be redirected to the patients GP.  Further Information can be found via the weblinks on this page.


Ocular Hypertension Refinement

There is a local enhanced scheme for OHT refinement for those found to have high IOP readings (>24 mmHg) using traditional non-contact tonometry. Whereby repeat measurement needs to be carried out, by individually registered practices direct with the CCG.

https://www.loc-net.org.uk/media/1603/roth_oht_refinement_non-referral_claim_form.pdf