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.
There will be a launch event on Wednesday December 7th at Keith Holland & Associates, 27 St Georges Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3DT (probable start time 6.30pm to be confirmed).
If you would like to register your interest in providing this service and book your place at the launch event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 23rd November.
LOC AGM - Wednesday 15th June 2016
The Chase Hotel, Brockworth
Mr Fadi Alkherdahji from Gloucestershire Hospital Trust will give an update on post-operative cataract assessment. This is particularly relevant in light of the PEG community services contract for post-operative care of second eye cataract procedures which launches in July.
Please contact Adrian Street at email@example.com to confirm your attendance and book the buffet if required.
One of our local consultant colleagues, Prof Andy McNaught is part of a team enrolled to run a 10km race in the Forest of Dean on May 8th 2016.
They are hoping to raise money for Gloucestershire Eye Therapy Trust (GETT).
Gloucestershire LOC are sure that all donations to this important and worthwhile cause will be most appreciated.
The LOC has been invited to attend a meeting at Sanger House to discuss the issue of health inequalities on 17th September 2015 at 2pm.
Susan Arnold, LOC Treasurer,I shall be attending as a a representative of the LOC on your behalf, but a greater presence is always more powerful. We would particularly welcome ophthalmic support from those with interest and/or experience in the area of vulnerable and hard to reach patients.
There is huge potential for optics to change many health pathways within the NHS at the moment, but we need to make sure that our voice is heard to make this happen. If you could spare a couple of hours to help shape the future of optics we would very much appreciate your support.
If you are able to attend, please reply firstname.lastname@example.org
26 June 2015
We have added a new page to the website: 'Stop Smoking Support' which provides information from the Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service.
The Stop Smoking Team can provide training for clinical and/or non-clinical optical practice staff to equip them to effectively sign post smokers to specific smoking cessation services.
The Team can visit you in your practice and deliver a short presentation that will train your staff to help smokers access the right support to achieve a healthier lifestyle and cut their risk of avoidable sight loss.
Spring CET Event - 31 March 2015
Venue: Kingsholm Stadium Gloucester
6.30pm Hot Buffet
7.00pm Dr Margaret Woodhouse presents "Children's eye tests- why, what and how?"
8.30pm Paul Walden "The Computer say no!" Covers specialist lens solutions for : High prism, cylinder, plus and minus
along with specialist lens forms made on traditional and HD platforms.
CET points applied for (for both optometrists & D.O.s)
GHNHSFT Locum Consultant
Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust have appointed a new locum consultant, Mr Paul Tomlins, to start in January 2015. Nick Price has officially retired and Mr Tomlins is in his place.
Mr Tomlins has a sub-specialty interest in cornea and trained in Birmingham. He will have a timetable between CGH, GRH and Tewkesbury.
Optometrists Evening 18th June 2014
At Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership at Lansdown Lodge
6pm for buffet and drinks
The evening is sponsored by Rayner and they will be discussing the use of Toric and Sulcoflex lenses.
RSVP by ASAP to:
LOC AGM - Wednesday 14 May 2014
Royal George Hotel, Birdlip
Guest speakers include Mr Ric Caesar and Mr Fadi Alkherdahji from Gloucestershire Hospital Tust who will give an update on the cataract service, and Dr Nicola Logan of Aston University and the Myopia Consortium UK who will give a presentation on ‘Myopic development and Optometrist led control strategies’.
Please contact Frances Reilly on email@example.com to confirm your attendance before 2nd May.
Some recent Ophthalmology staff changes at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSF Trust:
James Nairne retired on 31st January 2014. His replacement will be Mr Nitin Anand, joining the Trust in March.
Nick Price is on a year’s sabbatical in New Zealand until Jan 2015. Replacement not yet in post.
Fadi AlKherdaji, Locum Consultant, is to take over Mr Price’s corneal work.
Liz Bristow is on a year’s adoption leave until November 2014. Replacement not yet in post.
Following the joint meeting of Gloucestershire CCG, Gloucestershire LOC and UKSH, please find below details of how to refer patients for cataract surgery to UKSH (now Care UK) at Emerson's Green:
(Your usual referral letter is acceptable)
Telephone: 0117 906 1800 (followed up by a letter within 24 hours)
Fax: 0117 906 1950
Post: Emerson's Green NHS Treatment, The Brooms, Emerson's
Green, Bristol, BS16 7FH
Useful Contact Information
Admin Team Leader 0117 9061893
Patient Booking Team: 0117 906 1800
Triage Lead: 0117 906 1926
Please note the following exclusion criteria for patients that fall within the following categories:
* Under 18 years of age
* High suspicion of cancer
* Clinical emergencies
* Unstable ASA 3 (e.g. poorly controlled co-morbidities) We do accept well
controlled ASA 3
* BMI of more than 40 for general anaesthetic or 45 for local anaesthetic
* Patients with co-morbidities that have a high likelihood of requiring HDU
and ITU back up after treatment
Sally Douthwaite, Patient Administration Manager can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> for information on current waiting times for Outpatient and surgery appointments.
To print a copy of this information please click link on the right hand panel.
NHS Shared Business Services
From 1st August 2012, the contact details for Ophthalmic Payment Services in Gloucestershire has changed to:
FHS Ophthalmic Payments Team
5QH Gloucestershire PCT
P O Box 652
Wakefield WR1 9HU
All practices should have received correspondence from NHS SBS outlining these changes. Click the link on the right for a copy of the letter.
Wednesday 27th March 2013, 6pm - 9.30pm
Three Counties Optometry Society/LOC CET event, at the Royal George Hotel, Birdlip.
6-6.45pm Buffet and Registration
6.45 -7.45pm - Mrs Val Wilson, Rehabilitation Officer, Vision Impairment with Sensory Services Team, Glos County Council will give a talk entitled:
"Vision Impairment - Services within Gloucestershire, Statutory and Voluntary"
( the talk will provide information on the pathway from referral and registration to rehabilitation, resources and education )
8.00 - 9.00pm - Eloise Nice, Account Manager - South West, Essilor Ltd will give a talk entitled:
" Betamax to BlueRay - the evolution of Progressive Addition Lenses"
9.00pm - 9.30pm - Eloise NIce will give a presentation on the latest generation of Essilor PAL's, the Varilux S series.
9.30pm - close
Each of the 2 main lectures will address competencies for both Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists. Each lecture should be awarded 1 CET point. Lectures are not considered to be interactive, but TCOS / GlosLOC will be arranging an interactive Peer Review workshop later this year.
To confirm that you will be attending this event, please reply directly to Frances Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating whether or not you will be attending for the buffet as well.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSF Trust and NHS Gloucestershire are changing their telephone number pre-fixes from 26th November 2012.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 0845 422 will become 0300 422 followed by the existing extension number.
NHS Gloucestershire (until 31.03.13) and Gloucestershire Care Services* 0845 422 & 0845 659 will become 0300 421 followed by the existing extension number.
Please be aware, extension numbers (the last four digits of our telephone numbers) will not change.
17 January 2012
Stroud and Berkeley Vale Primary Eyecare Event
Wednesday 15th February 7.30pm
Cotswold Care Hospice, Minchinhampton
Mr Quresh Mohamed, Consultant Ophthalmologist
Dr Damian Kenny, GP Educationalist
Mr Mohamed will lead a quiz-based session on general eye care; Dr Kenny will discuss services and referrals using patient scenarios to explore pathways.
All are welcome.
17 January 2012
New Yag Laser Direct Referral Form
We announce the introduction of a new direct referral form for Yag Laser Capsulotomy within Gloucestershire with immediate effect.
Please read the protocols attached, and download the form from the right of this page, or from the 'Forms & Leaflets to Download' page to use.
12 December 2011
The new 'Vale Hospital' at Dursley opened it's doors on Monday 5th December 2011. The Vale Hospital replaces Berkeley Hospital and Sandpits Clinic in Dursley which closed on 2nd December 2011.
Eye Outpatient clinics from Berkeley Hospital will now take place at the new Hospital in Dursley.
The address of the new Hospital is:
Vale Community Hospital
Telephone: 0345 659 8494
The Glaucoma evening on Wednesday 2nd November was exceptionally well supported with over 80 optometrists attending to hear Rosemary Robinson's lecture 'Glaucoma in Practice: Optic Disc and Visual Field Assessment'. Lisa Collins presented an update of the Gloucestershire Glaucoma Referral Refinement Scheme, followed by a question and answer session with Professor Andrew McNaught and David Adams.
Steve Guilford briefly explained the LOC survey which is currently underway. This is an important step towards understanding the current activity within practice across the county in order for us to negotiate with the PCT in the future.
1 October 2010
Cataract Direct Referral 3-month Review A letter outlining the 3-month review of the Gloucestershire direct cataract referral scheme is being emailed/posted to all community optometrists in the county today. If you do not receive a copy please contact Frances Reilly at email@example.com or on 08454 224736.