Local Information for GPs in West Pennine

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

This service is available for patients registered with a GP in Tameside and Glossop but not for patients regisatered in Oldham.

In T&G, minor eye conditions such as red eyes, dry eye, flashes and floaters, foreign bodies etc should be referred to one of the MECS accredited optometry practices. A list of practices is available on the GMPEC website:

Learn More Minor Eye Care Conditions

Macular Degeneration

Wet AMD is an urgent condition. Optometrists in the area should be referring directly to the WetAMD service. If you received a standard referral for this condition, you can find the referral details as follows:

Oldham

T&G



Glaucoma Repeat Readings Service

This service is available for patients registered with a GP in Tameside and Glossop but not for patients regisatered in Oldham.

In T&G only, if you receive a standard referral for raised pressure or suspect visual fields from an optometrist not participating in the extended service, then the patient can be referred to a participating optometrist for further assessment. A list of practices is available on the GMPEC website:

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Routine Referrals

If there are concerns or questions about routine optometry referrals then please contact the referring optometrists who will be happy to help.

More information about specific referral pathways is available on the dedicated

page here.

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Patient Information

There are various patient information leaflets about eye conditions available here:

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Your own patients

If you have a patient experiencing vision problems not of acute onset; if for example you suspect dry macular degeneration or headaches due to eyestrain, the patient may just need a sight test and the hospital eye service does not provide this. It is best to send these patients for a sight test with a community optometrist. This may be private or NHS depending on their age and circumstances. If they are eligible for NHS sight tests a doctor can send them for one even if they are not due for a test under the normal rules governing sight test intervals. The optometrist will write to you if they need further referral. The NHS will pay for a sight test for the following groups of patients:

  • Under 16, or aged 16,17 or 18 and in full time education
  • Aged 60 or over
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • Aged 40 or over and have an immediate relative with glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher
  • Claiming certain benefits
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate