We have decided to rename this pathway Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) as the name is self-explanatory, enabling commissioners, GPs and other stakeholders to better comprehend the purpose of the service.
The aim of the Minor Eye Conditions Service pathway is to:
- provide a timely assessment of the needs of a patient presenting with an eye condition
- reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye services
- reduce patient anxiety and increase capacity within the overburdened hospital eye health services
- provide a more cost effective service with a greater number of patients being managed within the community setting
Summary of the MECS pathway
- A MECS examination will provide a rapid assessment of the needs of a patient presenting with an eye condition
- The examination will be undertaken by an accredited optometrist within suitably equipped premises who will manage the patient appropriately and safely
- Management will be maintained within the community setting for as many patients as possible, thus avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospital services and providing care closer to home
- Where referral to secondary care is required it will be to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency
- Patients can self-refer or be referred by GPs, pharmacists, NHS 111 or other optometrists
LOCSU support for the pathway
LOCSU has developed a range of downloadable support for members of Local Optical Committees who want to introduce these pathways in their area, including:
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service pathway
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service business case*
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service service specification*
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service Referral to Optometrist form*
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service First Attendence form*
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service Follow Up Attendence form*
- LOCSU Minor Eye Conditions Service Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire*
*Please note that the supporting documents are only available by logging in to the members only area – please contact your LOC for the log in details, via their website at: www.loc-net.org.uk/ (if there is no website, and you don't have contact details, please contact us).
Contact us for details of how LOCSU can support your LOC when developing new pathways.