Queens Hospital Direct Cataract (DAC) Referrals - Faxed Referrals No Longer Accepted - Update 19/12/2016
Update - 20th December 2016
Queens hospital will now allow Direct Access Cataract referrals to be faxed to their Treatment Centre, if the practice does not have a NHS.net email address, however, it is their intention that should this machine stop working then it will not be replaced. With this in mind Staffordshire LOC would recommend that all practices who refer into Queens Hospital complete the IG Toolkit which can be reached via the following link https://www.igt.hscic.gov.uk/
You may have heard the recent development that Queens Hospital Burton is no longer accepting any referrals via fax. Staffordshire LOC has learned that it is only faxed direct cataract (DAC) referrals that are no longer being accepted, due to the patient registration fax machine breaking down. Furthermore, Queens Hospital has no intention of replacing the fax machine, in line with NHS England's latest guidance about the eventual phasing out all faxed referrals.
The Queens Hospital Eye Casualty fax machine is still accepting referrals at the moment, likewise the routine ophthalmology referrals fax. However, once these fax machines stop working, they will not be replaced either.
From now on, all DAC referrals will have to either be emailed or posted. Emailed referrals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you can only email referrals if you or your practice has set up an NHS.net account. If you do not yet have an NHS mail account, but you would like to obtain one, you will have to complete the IG Toolkit, which can be reached via the following link: https://www.igt.hscic.gov.uk/