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BCCG launch new eye treatment service to reduce pressure on GP appointments.

04 October 2017


Patients suffering minor eye problems in Bedfordshire will be able to receive free NHS eye treatment for minor conditions in selected local opticians.

The new NHS service, provided by 21 opticians and funded by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) will help reduce GP and A&E visits, whilst offering patients convenient access to treatment.

People with eye problems, such as ingrowing eyelashes, irritation of the eye or foreign body in the eye will be among those who will benefit from the new Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) delivered by local opticians.  The eye check-ups – separate and different from a sight test – allow patients with minor eye conditions to visit participating opticians for diagnosis and treatment.

BCCG Chair, Dr Alvin Low, said: “The launch of this new service is just one of the innovative ways in which the BCCG is providing high quality, cost effective treatment for patients across Bedfordshire.  The new service will give patients access to treatment by opticians with the skills, equipment and qualified staff to ensure they receive the highest levels of care.  We are committed to providing more services in the community which are more convenient for patients and reduce pressure on GP and A&E services especially as we get closer to winter”

For more information about the eye health services and participating practices, visit the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group website. https://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/mec 

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