Following the visit from Capita/PCSE at the Bradford LOC winter course please find further info on the Future Service Developments for Ophthalmic Payments.
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.
Please see the attached document below on the NICE glaucoma guidelines update.
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 Macular.Admin@bthft.nhs.uk. A confirmation of receipt of your faxed referral will be sent to you.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CONTACTED. Also refer to the AOP guidance - https://www.aop.org.uk/about-aop/aop-news/2017/02/27/gos-reclaims
If you're not an AOP member you should contact your relevant professional organisation.
During Ramadan there is a drop in muslim diabetics attending their Retinal Screening.
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.
The new Bradford and Airedale LOC website is now live!
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.