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Newham Minor Eye Conditions Service goes live

Thank you to everyone who participated in the review of this service. We are pleased to announced that the Newham Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) went live on Monday 8 July. 

The service provides easier access to care for people with minor eye conditions that are safe to be assessed and treated in the community by an accredited optometrist. 

Patients presenting with minor eye conditions such as red eyes, mild trauma, mild pain or discomfort in their eyes can be referred to one of the community based MECS opticians. 

Referral form will soon be embedded into your EMIS system, and on the CCG Website.

Referrals can only be made by GPs or optometrists. The service will not see self-referral patients. It is not an emergency service, therefore any suspected red flags and emergencies will still need to be referred straight to the hospital.

Patients with an eye condition that is being regularly monitored by an optometrist or hospital eye service (e.g. glaucoma and cataract), will not be covered by the MECS. 

The service is for people registered with a Newham GP aged 10 years and over.

Local optician’s opening hours offers flexible appointments Monday to Friday and weekends at some locations.

If you are concerned about your patient’s eyes or if you are unsure whether the symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, then please contact Usman Maljee, Clinical Lead (Usman.maljee@nhs.net) or one of the participating optometry practices who will advise you.

If you experience any issues with the service, then please contact the CCG MECS Lead by emailing vickykankam@nhs.net