Media Centre

Media Centre

Welcome to LOCSU's media centre

Our aim is to:

  • provide journalists with relevant, accessible information on the benefits of local community eye care services
  • increase understanding of the role of local optical committees play in developing service pathways

How can LOCSU help journalists?

We have a range of spokespeople based in London and across England, who are often clinicians and can provide expert comment on any aspect of community pathways and local community optometry services.

Poster Winner gains wider coverage

Dementia initiative covered in Optometry Today

The Dementia initiative which was the winner of the 2017 NOC Poster Competition has featured in the April 2018 edition of Optometry Today. Claire Roberts, Chair of the Local Eye Health Network in the West Midlands is pictured receiving the award for the poster,  which highlighted the innovative project to ensure dementia patients don't miss out on daily activities because of a simple sight test or new glasses. The project was aimed at both optometrists and dementia carers.

Read the article

MECS Publicity

Peter Rockett, Chair of Wolverhampton CCG and a Director of Heart of West Midlands Primary Eyecare Company, was featured on the CCG YouTube channel recently promoting the benefits of a Minor Eye Conditions Service.

80% of those seen have been treated in the optical practice freeing up GP and A&E visits.

 

Watch the video

BBC Radio 4 - In Touch - 7 June 2016

In Touch logoIn Touch is Radio 4's flagship programme for blind and partially-sighted people.

Presenter, Peter White, interviews LOCSU Head of Communicatons, Chris McGachy, about the role of community optometry in monitoring routine and low-risk patients to ease pressures in ophthalmology services. Interview start 10 minutes into broadcast.

Listen to In Touch

Health Service Journal - 8 June 2016

HSJ logoThis HSJ Knowledge feature on on opthalmology looks at the potential of the high-street optical practices to take pressure off of secondary care eye services.

It includes a column from LOCSU Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, urging CCGs to focus on the how optometrists could carry out low-risk and routine monitoring to ease pressures in the hospital eye services.

HSJ article

BBC Spotlight 2.6.16

BBC Spotlight news report on pressures in ophthalmology departments 2 June 2016

LOCSU Press contact

Chris McGachy, LOCSU Head of Communications

For any media enquiries please contact Chris at cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk or 020 7549 2053, or contact LOCSU's office on 020 7549 2051.

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Dates for the diary

Rotherham & Barnsley LOC's AGM

Carlton Park Hotel, 102-104 Moorgate Rd, Rotherham S60 2BG

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 19:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Tony Wing

Contact email: tonywing71@btinternet.com

Herefordshire LOC's AGM

The Courtyard – Studio Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 14:30:00 - 2018-04-25 18:30:00

Contact name: Nick Black

Contact email: nick_black@btinternet.com

Calderdale and Kirklees LOC's AGM

Bertie's Banqueting Rooms, Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9AW

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:30:00

Contact name: Russell Ramsden

Contact email: russellr-loc@hotmail.co.uk

Dorset LOC's AGM

The RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Rachel Edwards

Contact email: info@dorsetloc.org

North East London LOC's AGM

Best Western Plus Epping Forest Hotel, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY

Annual AGM

2018-04-26 18:30:00 - 2018-04-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Gaynor Mendolson

Contact email: info@nelondonloc.com

North & North East Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

The Humber room, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton-on-humber

Annual AGM

2018-04-27 18:30:00 - 2018-04-27 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Worfolk

Contact email: rw@smithwalker.co.uk

Sefton LOC's AGM

Pioneer Bar, 107 Liverpool Rd, Crosby, L23 5TD

Annual AGM

2018-04-30 18:00:00 - 2018-04-30 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Newell

Contact email: sefton.loc@gmail.com

Kent & Medway LOC's AGM

Charlotte Room, Marriott Tudor Park, Ashford Road, Bearsted, ME14 4NQ

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

Contact email: michelle@jclconsulting.co.uk

Cumbria LOC's AGM

Greenfields Hotel, Wigton, Cumbria

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

Contact email: braveryoptom@talktalk.net

Manchester LOC's AGM

The Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Way, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NN

Annual AGM

2018-05-02 18:30:00 - 2018-05-02 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

Contact email: lindsey-flynn@hotmail.com

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