NHS Appointments Available at Local Optical Practices
Minor Eye Conditions Services [MECS] and Community Urgent Eyecare Service [CUES] are available to patients registered with GP practices based in Dudley, Wolverhampton or Walsall, to provide early and quick assessment of urgent eye problems such as:
- Sudden change in vision including transient loss
- Ocular pain
- Differential diagnosis of red eye
- Recently occurring flashes and/or floaters
- Sore or gritty eyes
- Foreign body in the eye
- Recent onset double vision
Patients can self-refer or a GP can refer a patient to any of the accredited opticians within the scheme (go to www.primaryeyecare.co.uk and then select ‘find a practice’ to see your nearest option).
Please note however that this is not a walk-in service – patients should always telephone the optometrist practice first. They aim to provide an initial telephone triage within 2-4 hours and according to the urgency of the patient’s symptoms the optometrist will provide diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions and/or will refer the patient as required – to their GP, with advice from the optician, or to a Hospital Eye Clinic with a referral email sent directly from the optometrist.
More information about this scheme can be obtained by downloading the Primary Eyecare document.