Resumption of Suspect Glaucoma & OHT Service

02 August 2020

We have been given the go ahead to re-start seeing patients under the Suspect glaucoma and OHT service, so please do contact patients and see them. In addition the Trusts are keen to expand the service to include patients with OHT who are on treatment. Please note that this has not been signed off  by the CCG yet, so if you receive information packs for these patients just hold onto to them for now but DO NOT SEE the Patient. 

The LOC is aware that the Knowledge Anglia site has been down recently. We use that site for finding GP practice email addresses for referral purposes. We have therefore found the following telephone number which can be used should the site fail in the future.

Please use  01603 257161 

LOCSU is asking for data for a second time around patients seen for non routine appointments. Please see the information below. 

Deborah Daplyn

Chair - Norfolk & Waveney LOC.

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Dear LOC Colleagues 

Thank you for encouraging practices in your area to complete the survey on urgent and emergency care activity at the beginning of June and I hope that you found the resulting data interesting and useful. 

We would now like you to repeat the exercise. 

There have been a number of new CUES services commissioned and so we are repeating the survey to show the effect that this has had on the provision of urgent and emergency eye care. We are also keen to record the impact of the support that practices are providing to their patients in areas where there still isn’t an urgent eyecare service commissioned. 

We would like your help again in reaching practices in your LOC. Please can you forward this link (https://www.locsu.co.uk/what-we-do/covid-19-guidance/urgent-care-activity/) onto your contractors, as we have published a survey for practices to complete. 

The survey should be completed from Monday 10 August and detail the amount of urgent eyecare activity that has taken place during week commencing Monday 3 August (Monday 3 – Sunday 9 August inclusive). 

We will collate the data to show the activity across England, particularly in areas where an urgent eyecare service isn’t commissioned and compare with the results from the June survey. We will share the outcomes with LOCs to enable you to demonstrate the need that exists in your conversations with commissioners. 

This is an important time to record our activities and demonstrate the value of Optometry’s contribution during the pandemic crisis. 

Thank you for your help.