Feb 2018


Following the visit from Capita/PCSE at the Bradford LOC winter course please find further info on the Future Service Developments for Ophthalmic Payments.

Download the document HERE



Jan 2018


At the January 2018 LOC course, Bradford LOC issued the following document which can be given to patients who require examination but the practice are not able to claim a GOS fee under the current guidelines. In the current absence of a MECS/PEARS scheme these patients at present have to pay privately or be referred. The document gives the patient information on why they have been refused and action they can take.



It is recommended that you make notes of any advice you have given on the patients practice record.


Dec 2017


Please see the attached document below on the NICE glaucoma guidelines update.

Please download the info HERE


Sept 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the attached memo from the local GP team regarding the recommendations for getting certain drops, medications and supplements on prescription.



May 2017


The Macula unit at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is relocating premises to Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, on 19th May 2017. This will be a modern, refurbished unit with new state-of-the-art equipment, and will be known as Bradford Macula Centre.


The Macula Service will become a full-time Mon-Fri service. Led by six Consultant Ophthalmologists, more than doubling the current capacity. Patients with a range of macular conditions including wet ARMD, vein occlusions with macular oedema and diabetic macular oedema will be assessed, treated and monitored in a timely manner and in line with national guidelines.


The fast-track referral process, FAX and telephone number for wet ARMD cases remain unchanged. If you require confirmation that your fax has been received, please assign a reference code (without patient demographics) to your referral, then send a follow-up email quoting the reference to A confirmation of receipt of your faxed referral will be sent to you.

March 2017

We are aware that colleagues in Leeds are being contacted by NHS England regarding potential over-claiming of GOS. The general process is that the practice receives a letter from NHS England. This letter states that a proportion of practices, usually around 10%, have been identified as having above average activity when compared to national and regional figures relating to conversion rates.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CONTACTED. Also refer to the AOP guidance -

If you're not an AOP member you should contact your relevant professional organisation.

March 2017
Vision Care for Homeless People are to open a branch in Leeds at the St Georges Crypt. They are looking for your help. See HERE for more info

September 2016
The Local Eye Health Network has gained a £40,000 grant from Health Education England to support Yorkshire and The Humber community optometrists to gain College Higher qualifications in glaucoma.
Subsidised cost is £250 per candidate for a limited number of Optometrists in Yorkshire and The Humber. Deadline for first round applications Sunday 5th Sept 2016

August 2016
An audit of all referrals to the Ophthalmology Department at BRI has been conducted recently. We have been asked to feedback the results of this which includes some important advice and recommendations for referrers. 
Kind regards,
Bradford LOC


June 2016

During Ramadan there is a drop in muslim diabetics attending their Retinal Screening.


The advice from the Muslim Council of Britain is that drops are permissable during fasting.



May 2016

We are aware practices locally are having issues with GOS payments since Capita took over the processing of the GOS claims.


NHS England and LOCSU are aware of the issues and are liaising with Capita to overcome the issues.


Capita have drafted in more staff to reduce the wait times.

Please click here for the LOCSU brief on how to escalate issues.


May 2016

The new Bradford and Airedale LOC website is now live!


January 2016

Bradford LOC have helped fund the Optos retinal imaging at BRI through the Bradford and Airedale Eyesight Trust.

The Optos will be used to manage and monitor diabetic and retinal patients in the Bradford and Airedale area.

A donation of £5000 was given to the fund. See the BAET thank you letter here.