Referral guidelines

HES Contact Numbers for Urgent Access – Oct 2016

Basingstoke & North Hants Hospital

Telephone: 01256 313572

Fax no: 01256 313264

Southampton General Hospital Eye Unit

Telephone 023 80 8777222

Eye casualty 023 81 206592

Rapid AMD Fax 02381 205752

Lymington Eye Hospital

Telephone: 01590 663000

Southampton Spire Hospital

Telephone: 023 8091 4427

Fax: 023 8051 3162

QA Hospital Portsmouth – Eye Casualty

Telephone: 02392 286162

Referrals to Hospital Eye Services via GPs

Currently optometrists use the GOS 18, a letter or a practice template for referring to Hospital Eye Services via GPs. Each has its shortcomings. To encourage feedback from consultants it is vital that the name of the referring optometrists and contact details are clear.

St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre

Milton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 6DW

Please use the following link for Referral Guidance in respect of St Mary’s Ophthalmology Service together with the Referral form.

Contact details are:

Tel:  0333 321 1926    

Fax:  0333 321 1927

E-mail: cuk.stmarys-acos@nhs.net 

 

 

Hampshire LOC – Referral Form/template

 A GOS referral form/template has been developed by Hampshire LOC that practices may wish to use as an alternative to the GOS18 or a letter.

The form is designed to provide clear and succinct information and improve the referral process and care for the patient.

It is based on current good practice following discussions by the professional eye care bodies.  Standardised ‘Choose & Book’ definitions are used to facilitate referral to the correct clinic.

The referral form is available in Word and pdf formats. Practices may add their own practice information, including the name of the referring optometrist, and save as their own template for referrals. The form may be then completed at time of referral by typing prior to printing or by hand after printing basic information.

It is hoped that by providing the name of the referrer legibly that the HES will provide feedback so that the optometrist is able to manage the patient appropriately. The illegibility of the names and/or practices of optometrists have prevented this in the past.

Hampshire LOC Referral Template- Word document

Hampshire LOC Referral Template- pdf

Referral Criteria Basingstoke & N.Hants 2011                 – Basingstoke & North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust

Updated NICE guidelines on glaucoma referral

The Joint Working Group on NICE Glaucoma Guideline has issued updated guidance on referral. These can be viewed on the AOP web site.

Fast Track schemes for Wet AMD:

  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Southampton University Hospital
  • Frimley Park

Fax numbers and other contact details for Fast track WET MD referrals for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Southampton University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Frimley Park Hospital are available here Copy of Fast Track Contacts 2013

WET MD REFERRAL PATHWAY FAXABLE REFERRAL FORMElectronic Referral Form OPT09-004

Cataract Referrals: Strict criteria are being set out by PCTs, however if you believe you have a patient who should be an exception to these, write a full explanation with referral to GP and request him to apply for patient to be approved as an exception.

NHS Hampshire Cataract Guidelines 11 Sep 09Cataract Guidelines poster

Cataract Pathway- Optometrist letter – 13 July 2011–    from Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust Hospital


Whats New

Mon 20 March 17 | Gift of Sight Newletter & Lecture Invite
We have pleasure in attaching a copy of the latest Gift of Sight Newsletter, together with details of the next Gift of Sight Lecture, to be held at DoubleTree by Hilton, Southampton on the 26 April 2017, commencing at 6.30pm.  Details for booking are given in the attached flyer and on line bookings may be made through https://www.giftofsight.org.uk/events


Tue 14 March 17 | The Accessible Information Standard
In 2016NHS England  introduced the Accessible Information Standard which is a legal requirement for all providers of NHS and adult social care services in England which includes NHS GOS contractors. The purpose of the standard is to ensure that people who have communication needs because of a disability or sensory loss receive information in a suitable format, ideally of their choice. Since 01 April 2016 you should, as a matter or normal routine practice, be asking patients about their communication needs they may have and ensure that you record that information on their notes.  You need to have been following the standard in full since 31 July 2016. As part of the Accessible Information Standard you must do 5 things.  These are:
  1. Ask: as a matter of routine you must enquire if a new or returning patient has any information or communication support needs relating to a disability, sensory loss or other impairment.
  2. Record: clearly and consistently record those needs in the patient’s records.
  3. Alert/Flag: the record needs must be ‘highly visible’ – so that it can be seen and acted upon whenever the patient’s records is accessed.
  4. Share: you should include any information about a patient’s information and communication needs at referral, discharge and handover, following your existing data sharing processes.
  5. Act: make reasonable adjustments to ensure that people receive information in a format they can understand.
More information on the Accessible Information Standard  More information on the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo Charities including Action on Hearing Loss, CHANGE, Sense and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also have information on their websites. The ‘Information Standards Notice’, which tells organisations how and why they must follow the standard, can be accessed via the Health and Social Care Information Centre website at www.hscic.gov.uk/isce/publication/scci1605  The Optical Confederation have also put together a couple of fact sheets that can be accessed by clicking the link http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/resources/guidance
Fri 17 February 17 | Ophthalmology Study Evening - Thursday 23 March 2017
Hampshire and IOW opticians (including dispensing opticians) are invited to an informative and highly interesting Ophthalmology Study Evening to be held at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 23 March 2016 from 18:00 – 21:00 with Mr Alex Macleod, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Caroline Fisher from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Agenda  
6.15-6.30pm Attendees arrive and register  
18.30-19.00 Understanding  fields and OCT in glaucoma Alex MacLeod
19.00-19.30 Being a hospital -based optometrist Caroline Fisher
19:30 – 20:00 Buffet  
20:00 – 20:45 Stable glaucoma and shared care Alex Macleod
20:45 – 21:00 Discussion All
21:00 Finish  
The event is being sponsored by Allergan. This evening event is worth 1 CET point. If you wish to attend please reply by email to Alex.Macleod@hhft.nhs.uk  by Thursday 16 March 2017 providing the following information   Name: GOC No Practice: Location Email address for confirmation of place: Contact Telephone No: Dietary Requirements: e.g Gluten free, vegetarian

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