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

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

Contact email: info@locsu.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

Contact email: ean@optometrics.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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