There are significant changes to the services for people of Tameside and Glossop with eye conditions:
Minor eye complaints
If a person presents with a red eye, change in vision, flashers or floaters - they can be seen and assessed, and treated by one of the participating optometrists. People can be signposted by their GP to the free new services. A leaflet for patients, a poster and reference guide for the 'participating optometrists:
Glaucoma and cataract
The aims of the service changes are to increase the assessment and follow up for people with these conditions closer to home, with their local Optometrist. All people asking for cataract surgery should have a primary care assessment first, by the Optometrist, to ensure they would benefit and follow the Effective Use of Resources (EUR) procedures/requirements. People can be signposted to the participating Opticians:
There may be a time when something odd or an additional need is found by the Optometrist. A GOS 18 will be sent to the practice in these circumstances to refer on to a secondary care service. The GOS flow chart is available here
Tameside and Glossop North West Macular Service
All these services are available now and we plan to make available a 'Low Vision Assessment' service in the next few months. This is really good for the people of Tameside and Glossop and uses local expertise to assess and treat people with eye problems. If you have any queries about the service please contact Sue Gibson, Commissioning Development Officer, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.