Direct Referrals to Solent Medical Services & University Hospital Southampton

It has been brought to the attention of the Hampshire LOC that practices in the Southampton area are referring Southampton City GP patients to GPs via GOS 18 for further referral to HES when there is no longer a requirement.

You are reminded that the NHS Standard Contract for GOS states:

  1. Where the Contractor or an ophthalmic practitioner employed or engaged by it to perform the Contract is of the opinion that a patient whose sight has been tested pursuant to clause 30— 31.1. shows on examination signs of injury, disease or abnormality in the eye or elsewhere which may require medical treatment; or 31.2. is not likely to attain a satisfactory standard of vision notwithstanding the application of corrective lenses, it shall, if appropriate, and with the consent of the patient— 31.3. refer the patient to an ophthalmic hospital, which includes an ophthalmic department of a hospital, 31.4. inform the patient’s doctor or GP practice that it has done so, and 31.5. give the patient a written statement that it has done so, with details of the referral.

Southampton City CCG have re-confirmed that any Southampton City GP patients should be referred directly to the appropriate service whether it is a MECS Practice, Solent Medical Services (SMS) or UHS.

Specifically in respect of SMS, they will see Southampton registered patients for:

  • Suspected glaucoma/OHT, with an intra-ocular pressure >21mmHg <35mmHg with normal optic nerve head and visual field
  • Suspected cataract
  • Vitreo-retinal pathology including floaters
  • Ocular surface pathology (including dry eyes and blepharitis and chronic red eye conditions)
  • Insertion of punctual plugs for dry eyes
  • Macular pathology except wet AMD (macular degeneration) conditions – wet AMD patients are to be urgently referred on to UHS

Details on how to refer to SMS are available on the Hampshire LOC website at http://hampshireloc.org.uk/referral-guidelines/

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Wed 16 May 18 | Reminder Hampshire LOC AGM 06 June 2018

Reminder of Annual General Meeting – 06 June 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on Wednesday 06 June 2018  at Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester SO21 3NB.  Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Mr James Kirwan MA FRCOphth. The title of Mr Kirwan’s talk is: “Priority Setting for Glaucoma: Are we managing it NICEly?” Attendees will be able to claim one CET point for the lecture. Click on the following for the Agenda for the evening, previous Minutes, the Chair's Report and Finance spreadsheet. We currently have two vacancies on the Management Committee for representatives (ideally Fareham & Gosport and Southampton City) but this is not set in stone. Unfortunately no nominations have been forthcoming since the LOC sent out the notification of the AGM. If you wish to be a part of the management committee please speak to Roisin Carruthers (Chair) or Anne Gill (Hon Secretary) on the night. There are still places available to attend the AGM so please support your LOC and confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  before Monday, 28 May 2018.
Wed 25 April 18 | Notification Of Hampshire LOC AGM - 06 June 2018
To all local Contractors and Performers in the Hampshire LOC area:

Notification of Annual General Meeting – 06 June 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on 06 June 2018  at Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester SO21 3NB.  Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Mr James Kirwan MA FRCOphth. Attendees will be able to claim one CET point for attending the lecture. Click on the following for the AGM Agenda 2018 (draft) for the evening, Committee Nomination Paper and the Chair's Report 2018 We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year. We currently have two vacancies on the Management Committee for Contractor representatives (ideally Fareham & Gosport and Southampton City) but this is not set in stone so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the Nomination paper and return to me by Monday 14th May 2018. Please confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements or, request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Monday, 14 May 2018. Further details together with committee nominations and postal voting or proxy paper (for those of you unable to attend) will be sent out on or about 16 May 18.   Ian Silk - Hampshire LOC Business Manager 25 April 2018
Mon 23 April 18 | LOCSU Hot Brief - Issue 68, April 2018
Dear Colleagues   Please find attached the latest Hot Brief for your information. If you have any questions please email them to jacquefooks@locsu.co.uk.

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