Welcome to the Gloucestershire LOC website. This site is intended primarily for optometrists working in and around Gloucestershire. It aims to provide information that may be useful in your daily practice and to keep you informed of any developments and activities that the LOC is currently involved in.
GHNHSFT CASUALTY QUERIES:
Main Swiitchboard: 0300 422 2222
Eye Casualty Queries: 0300 422 3578
(Mon - Thurs 9am - 5.30pm and Fri 9am - 1pm)
February 2017- Dry Eye Guideline
A document giving guidance on prescribing for dry eye in the NHS in Gloucestershire is now available and can be downloaded from our 'Dry Eye' page.
November 2016 - Children's Vision Service
The next phase of the Community Eyecare Contract, the Children's Vision Service is due to go live on 4th January 2017 and referrals should start to arrive in practice around the end of January.
For more information on how to participate please visit the Primary Eyecare Gloucestershire website here
November 2016 - New Wet AMD Referral Form (version 5)
The new fax number for the wet AMD referral service is 0300 422 5995. Version 5 of the referral form incorporating this change is now available for download. Please see the link at right of this page or our 'Forms and Leaflets to Download' page. Please now use this version of the form when necessary.
After referral the patient should expect to be contacted by the hospital within 2-3 days. It is good practice to explain this to the patient and ask them to contact you if they have not heard within this time. In these circumstances contact the Central Booking Office on 0300 4226878 to confirm they have received the faxed referral.
August 2016 - Flashes and Floaters service
The new 'Flashes and Floaters' service will launch on the 3rd October. In preparation all optometrists looking to provide the new service need to complete the WOPEC Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) module. Please contact Adrian Street (Gloucestershire LOC Secretary) to request your module code.
4th July 2016 - Cataract: Post Op Follow Ups (1st Phase: 2nd Eyes) goes live
The next element of the Gloucestershire Community Eye Health Service launches on July 4th. When patients have their second cataract removed by the hospital eye service (HES) with straightforward uncomplicated surgery, they are booked in for their 4 week post op follow up with an accredited community optometrist.
The benefits of this service to patients are:
One less appointment at the hospital eye service.
A single appointment in the community allows the post- op refraction to be checked whilst checking the eye has healed well with no post-operative complications.
At the LOC AGM on the 15th June we have Mr Fadi Alkherdahji presenting on the subject of cataract post-op complications to support the launch of this service.
Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10th to indicate that you are interested in providing this service.
May 31st 2016 - Community Eyecare Services for Glaucoma and Direct Cataract Referral go live
The first elements of Primary Eyecare Gloucestershire's Community Eyecare Services are live from May 31st . These are
Repeat Readings - this service allows for raised IOPs and/or visual field defect suspicious of glaucoma to be confirmed as repeatable before onward referral to secondary care.
Enhanced Case Finding - this element allows for fully informed referrals for glaucoma to be made to secondary care.
These elements replace the existing Gloucestershire Referral Refinement Scheme.
Cataract Direct Referral
This allows for the direct referral of patients with operable cataract to hospital. As a result more patients are managed in primary care, fewer unnecessary referrals are made and patient anxiety can be reduced by appropriate pre-operative counselling.
It replaces the Gloucestershire Direct Cataract Referral Scheme.
For more information about these schemes visit Primary Eyecare Gloucestershire at HTTP://www.peglos.org.uk
7th March 2016
Enhanced Community Optometry Services
We are pleased to announce that the Gloucestershire LOC-formed company Primary Eyecare Gloucestershire (PEG) has negotiated with the Gloucestershire CCG to deliver Enhanced Community Optometry Services as follows:
Enhanced Case Finding
Specified Minor Eye Conditions (Flashes and Floaters: Phase 1)
Cataract Direct Referral
Cataract Post-Operative (2nd Eye Follow-up: Phase1)
We encourage all practitioners to respond with their intention to participate in the scheme by Monday 14th March 2016.
The first launch will be for the Glaucoma service on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at Kingsholm stadium, start time 6pm. This will include training in readiness for ‘go live’ on 2nd May 2016.
If you have any queries please contact PEG at
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
19 May 2015
The existing 'NHS Area Team' for Gloucestershire has recently been restructured and is now part of: NHS England South (South Central), which covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, parts of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Georgina Axelson, Primary Care Senior Admin Support (Gloucestershire & Swindon), NHS England South (South Central), remains the contact for our area.
Sanger House, 5220 Valiant Court, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4FE
Tel: 0113 825 3485
Safe Haven Fax: 0300 421 1853
Launch of the Gloucestershire LOC Online Discussion Forum
The LOC have set up an online forum for contractors and performers in Gloucestershire to share their news and views. To participate please register at http:/www.loc-net.org.uk/forum/register
Registration requires approval which may take 24-48 hours. Once registered you will be able to log in and post messages on the 'Gloucestershire LOC matters' forum. We look forward to hearing your views.
The Macular Society
The Macular Disease Society has changed it's name to the 'Macular Society'. The link to the website can be found here.
The Macular Society offer several support groups across Gloucestershire, as well as W@M, a group specifically for younger, working-age adults with the disease.
Professional membership to the Macular Society is free.
For more information please see our Low Vision page, the Macular Society website, or call the helpline on 0300 3030 111.