Provision of Community Based Minor Eye Conditions (MEC) Service.
St Helens Council | Published March 23, 2015
Primary Eyecare (Merseyside) Ltd
NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Halton CCG, are pleased to share this opportunity to deliver a service for the provision of a community-based service for minor eye conditions.
The CCGs want to improve access to ophthalmology services in the community. This is in order to respond to an ever increasing demand for eye services; a demand which is predicted to rise as a result of earlier diagnosis of chronic conditions, new treatments and population changes. Eye care services have traditionally been a hospital based speciality; however, many ophthalmic assessments and treatments can be undertaken effectively in primary care.
The purpose of establishing a Minor Eye Conditions' (MEC) Service is to allow the assessment and management of recent onset minor eye conditions within the primary care setting. Our aim is to provide high-quality eye care to patients, with quick access to advice and treatment from suitably qualified clinicians in a safe, convenient and appropriate environment.
Management of the patient will be maintained, where possible, within this new service in order to reduce the demand for hospital appointments, releasing capacity for eye conditions requiring a full ophthalmology hospital service.
Minor Eye Conditions' Services (often called Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Services) have been operating successfully across the UK for some time, including across the whole of Wales. MEC Services are delivered by suitably trained, qualified and experienced eye care health professionals, with suitably equipped premises, who manage patients appropriately and safely. Where patient referral to secondary care is required, this is within agreed protocols to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency.
Providers are asked to note that the CCGs do not guarantee any level of activity for this service.