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Useful Information for Practitioners Providing Urgent Care
MESSAGE FROM PRIMARY EYECARE PROPOSED
URGENT EYECARE SERVICES
Discussions are ongoing between the national representatives and NHS England regarding an Urgent Eye Care service model utilising optical practices.
Whilst we await the final details of the model/framework being developed, it is important that we are prepared to mobilise any new model (whether this is adapting an existing local service or delivering a new service in an area) at pace in the context of the current COVID 19 outbreak.
At this stage it is unclear how the service will be commissioned, and we will be working closely with yourselves, the LOCs and LOCSU when further information emerges.
However, in the interim, as this service would need to mobilise quickly we are opening the Expression of Interest process for Practices NOW.
This will enable Primary Eyecare Services to then fully register Practices, should the service be commissioned in their area, and get them up and running and able to deliver ASAP.
NOTE: This is not a guarantee that a service will be commissioned or that it will be delivered via Primary Eyecare Services.
This expression of interest needs to be completed by all Practices that wish to deliver the service, including those that already deliver a MECS/PEARS type service via Primary Eyecare Services currently.
We appreciate all expressions of interest will be caveated with the need for appropriate PPE and remuneration.
To express your interest in delivering this service please click HERE and complete the online form
If you have 5 or more practices, you can complete and submit the information by way of completing a dedicated Excel template, in which all fields must be completed in order for the EOI to be accepted. To receive a copy of this template please email us on: UEC@primaryeyecare.co.uk and return to the same address once completed.
(Note: due to the Easter Weekend – these Excel templates will be shared with those that request it from Tue 14th April onwards)
Please note the deadline the for initial Expressions of Interest is 19th April 2020.
The college of optometrists has published a very useful series of FAQs which you can view on their website. It is updated daily with guidance as the situation changes:
The LOC has also been made aware of the following guidelines issued to ophthalmologists in The Ophthalmology Journal (April 2020, No Time for Tears) Although they are not specific to optometrists, they may be of interest to you.
Members of the public seeking information about optometry in Suffolk are advised to contact their local optician. To find an optician with NHS Choices: Click here