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Bolton Local Information for GPs
Local Information for GPs in Bolton
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.
Learn More Vist the Referral information (Bolton) page on the GMLOCs website:
There are various patient information leaflets about eye conditions available here:
Learn More Vist the Documents for Practitioners page on the GMLOCs website:
All cataracts referrals should be directed through the extended service pathway provided through local optical practices to ensure that the patient is counselled on the risks and benefits, meets the referral criteria and requires and wants surgery.
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 should send it urgently to the Royal Bolton Hospital as follows:
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust:
Fax: 01204 390 051
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