LOCSU highlights the role of community eye health services in the wake of RNIB report

18 November 2013

The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) today called for a greater focus on the role community eye health services can play in supporting over-burdened hospital clinics. This follows a report from the RNIB on 14th November 2013 which found over-stretched eye clinics are leading to delays in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care, with the result that some people may lose their sight.

Katrina Venerus, Managing Director of LOCSU said:

“Pressures on NHS budgets and resources mean it is often impossible to expand existing services. Therefore new thinking is essential if we are to meet the challenge of the increasing demand for eye health services.

“Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are already commissioning community eye health services in many areas of England to work alongside hospitals and increase overall capacity. Community eye health services work by taking some eye health services out of hospitals and providing them in local optical practices. This allows CCGs to draw upon the skills of optometrists and opticians, allowing patients to be seen more quickly, more conveniently and at lower cost to the NHS.”

Venerus went on to say:

“More CCGs need to take the opportunity to develop new partnerships across community, hospital, social and voluntary care sectors. Better utilisation of health professionals working in the community must become embedded in how we deliver eye health services if we are to avoid people losing their sight unnecessarily.”  

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If you have any queries please contact Katrina Venerus, Managing Director, LOCSU at katrinavenerus@locsu.co.uk  or call 07769 682681.

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