On 27th November 2020 the Staffordshire (excluding East Staffs) Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES) was launched for patients registered with a Stoke on Trent, North Staffordshire, Stafford & Surrounds, Cannock Chase or South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsular CCG GP practice. This will temporarily replace the MECS service from 18/12/2020.
This service ensures that people can access urgent eyecare within primary care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The service will provide initial contact, telephone triage, remote consultations and, where necessary, face-to-face assessments and management of recent onset symptomatic or urgent ocular presentations.
All patients must be encourages to access the service by telephoning a providing practice – this is not a walk in service.
Information for healthcare professionals that wish to care navigate patients into the service can be found here.
Supporting service information for CUES providing practices can be found; Staffordshire Community Eye Care Pathway Documents at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee (staffsloc.co.uk)
To find participating optical practices; search here
If your Optical practice would like to deliver this service, please complete this form and the PES team will contact you.
Optometrists do not require any WOPEC accreditation to provide CUES. CLOs who have undergone MECS accreditation, and who are working with a MECS-accredited optometrist, may also participate.