Enhanced Optometric Services

Glaucoma Repeat Readings Scheme - North East Essex CCG

The aim of the service is to provide a patient focused, high quality Glaucoma Referral Service, to provide improved access to service closer to the patients home, as timely as possible and cost effective to North East Essex. The aims of the service will be to ensure that patients are seen in the most appropriate setting, whilst providing choice of provider.

The aim of a glaucoma referral refinement pathway is to reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service, reducing patient anxiety and increasing capacity within the overburdened hospital glaucoma clinics. This will provide a more cost effective service with a greater number of patients managed within the primary care setting. The referral refinement pathway would allow accredited optometrists to repeat diagnostic tests to confirm the risk of disease and thus improve the accuracy of referrals and deflect unnecessary referrals.

NHS North East Essex is seeking to identify providers who are able to commit to deliver the key objectives outlined in this specification, and who are willing to work with NHS North East Essex to improve, and ensure consistency, in the quality, effectiveness and affordability of these services to best meet the needs of patients, the referrers, and the CCG.

Some documents are available at the end of the page for more information.

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) – North East Essex CCG

The purpose of establishing a Minor Eye Conditions’ Service (MECS) is to allow the assessment and management of recent onset minor eye conditions within the primary care setting. The aim is to provide high-quality eye care to patients, with quick access to advice and treatment from  suitably qualified clinicians in a safe, convenient and appropriate environment.

The aim of the service is to use the skills of primary care optometrists to assess, manage and prioritise patients presenting with an eye condition, improving eyecare services for patients in North East Essex. Where patient referral to secondary care is required, this will be within agreed protocols to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency.

A MECS examination will provide a timely assessment of the needs of a patient presenting with an eye condition. This will be undertaken by a number of accredited optometrists within suitably equipped premises who will manage the patient appropriately and safely. Management will be maintained within the primary care setting for as many patients as possible, thus avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospital services. Where referral to secondary care is required it will be to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency.

Patients can be referred or sign-posted to the service by their GP, Pharmacist, A&E or Optometrist, evolutio or they can self-refer.

The service is for both adults and children; there is no age limit for the service. Children under 16 who attend the service must be accompanied to their appointment by a responsible adult.

Some documents are available at the end of the page for more information.

South Essex Glaucoma Repeat Readings Scheme - Southend, Thurrock and Castle Point & Rochford CCGs

This service aims to provide a patient focused, high quality Glaucoma Repeat Readings Service, to provide improved access to service closer to the patients home, as timely as possible and cost effective to South Essex CCGs.

The scheme aims to reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service, reducing patient anxiety and increasing capacity within the overburdened hospital glaucoma clinics. This will provide a more cost effective service with a greater number of patients managed within the primary care setting. The repeat readings scheme allows accredited optometrists to repeat diagnostic tests to confirm the risk of disease and thus improve the quality of referrals and reduce unnecessary referrals.

Some documents are available at the end of the page for more information.

Glaucoma Repeat Readings Scheme - Mid Essex CCG

New scheme being rolled out on 1st February 2016. More information to follow.

Some documents are available at the end of the page for more information.


Downloadable Documents

North East Essex Glaucoma Repeat Readings Scheme

North East Essex MECS

North East Essex Paediatrics

South Essex Glaucoma Repeat Readings Scheme

  Mid Essex Glaucoma Repeat Readings Scheme