Extended Services


Extended Services in Tameside and Glossop


Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

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. You can search for a local practice providing the service on the GMPEC website:

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Cataract Referrals

All cataracts referrals should be directed through the enhanced service pathway to ensure that the patient is counselled on the risks and benefits, meets the referral criteria and requires and wants surgery. If you do not participate in the service or are out of the area, please send the patient to one of the accredited optometrists with a copy of the referral letter.

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Glaucoma Repeat Reading Service

If you have a patient with raised pressure or suspect visual fields and you do not take part on the extended service, you must refer them to a participating optometrist for further assessment. You can find participating practices on the GMPEC website. Ask the patient where they wish to go and ensure they know. Use a referral letter and provide full details as you would for a GP referral.

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Learning Disabilities

For information on the Learning Disabilities service and pathway, see the GMPEC website here:

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