Minor Eye Conditions Service pathway

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:

Please note that the Pathway and all its supporting documents are currently unavailable as LOCSU is performing a service review.‚Äč

*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).

Supporting Documentation for MECS (LOC members only)

Skills and training support for MECS


Contact us for details of how LOCSU can support your LOC when developing new pathways.

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Dates for the diary

Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT

Annual AGM

2018-10-03 19:00:00 - 2018-10-03 21:30:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

Contact email: solihull.loc@hotmail.co.uk

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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