Archived News


Long-serving Chair retires from LOC

David Adams, Chair of the LOC for over twenty years, has decided to retire from the committee. We thank David for his hard work and leadership over this long period of considerable change and wish him well for the future.

A new Chair will be elected in July. 


LOC AGM - Wednesday 22nd May 2019 

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Brockworth, GL3 4PB

7.00pm Buffet

7.30pm Meeting

Our main speaker is Rhys Harrison, Primary Care Ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital who will give a review of the typical case mix presenting to Eye Casualty in Bristol. The presentation carries 1 interactive CET point for optometrists, IP optometrists, dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians.

There will also be short presentations by PCSE and Richard Rawlinson from LOCSU in addition to the business of the AGM.


LOC AGM - Wednesday 13th June 2018 7.30pm

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Brockworth, GL3 4PB


Buffet    7.00pm

Meeting 7.30pm

Richard Rawlinson, our LOCSU Lead, is the guest speaker.

We will also have an interactive presentation and discussion in which we will discuss the local initatives  and challenges for the coming three years.



May 2018

One of our local consultant colleagues, John Ferris, recently completed the Lake District cycling feat, The Fred Whitton Challenge. Along with his two "Amigos", Chris and Jonny, he completed this demanding ride in aid of the Gloucestershire Eye Therapy Trust (GETT)

If you would like to sponsor the "Three Amigos", donations can be made via this virginmoneygiving link:

Gloucestershire LOC are sure that all donations to this important and worthwhile cause will be most appreciated.



CET Event: 3 Interactive CET points available

Wednesday 11th October, Kingsholm Stadium

C:50871 The Cutting Edge - discussion workshop presented and partially sponsored by Seiko (dispensing-based around varifocal lenses).
6.15pm Buffet 
7.00pm Presentation
9.15pm Expected finish time
Please contact Sue Arnold at to book a place.


Cirencester Park 10K Run

Sunday 17th September 10.30am

Prof Andrew McNaught, members of his family, and several members of staff from the hospital Eye Department will be running to raise money for the Gloucestershire Eye Therapy Trust (GETT). Those wishing to support Andy and his team of GETT fundraisers can pledge a donation at


Any of Gloucestershire's optometrists, dispensing opticians, and other practice staff would be welcome to join Andy's team of runners. If you are interested you can sign up to the event and join Andy's GETT team via this link:

Please let Gemma Edmondson know that you have signed up. Tel: 07761268010.



LOC AGM - Wednesday 14th June 2017

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Brockworth

7.00pm     Buffet            

7.30pm     Meeting


Professor Andrew McNaught, Clinical Director for Ophthalmology for Gloucestershire NHSFT will speak on how he sees Eyecare developing within the county over the next five years and how we can work together to achieve this.

Zoe Richmond from LOCSU will also be present to give a national optometric perspective of the opportunities and challenges that we face.

Please contact Adrian Street at to confirm your attendance and book the buffet if required.



November 2016 - Children's Vision Service

The next phase of the Community Eyecare Contract, the Children's Vision Service is due to go live on 4th January 2017.

There will be a launch event on Wednesday December 7th at Keith Holland & Associates, 27 St Georges Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3DT (probable start time 6.30pm to be confirmed).

If you would like to register your interest in providing this service and book your place at the launch event please contact by 23rd November.


LOC AGM - Wednesday 15th June 2016

The Chase Hotel, Brockworth

7.00pm     Buffet            

7.30pm     Meeting

Mr Fadi Alkherdahji from Gloucestershire Hospital Trust will give an update on post-operative cataract assessment. This is particularly relevant in light of the PEG community services contract for post-operative care of second eye cataract procedures which launches in July.

Please contact Adrian Street at to confirm your attendance and book the buffet if required.


April 2016

One of our local consultant colleagues, Prof Andy McNaught is part of a team enrolled to run a 10km race in the Forest of Dean on May 8th 2016.
They are hoping to raise money for Gloucestershire Eye Therapy Trust (GETT).
Gloucestershire LOC are sure that all donations to this important and worthwhile cause will be most appreciated.
July 2015

The LOC has been invited to attend a meeting at Sanger House to discuss the issue of health inequalities on 17th September 2015 at 2pm.

Susan Arnold, LOC Treasurer,I shall be attending as a a representative of the LOC on your behalf, but a greater presence is always more powerful.  We would particularly welcome ophthalmic support  from those with interest and/or experience in the area of vulnerable and hard to reach patients.

There is huge potential for optics to change many health pathways within the NHS at the moment, but we need to make sure that our voice is heard to make this happen.  If you could spare a couple of hours to help shape the future of optics we would very much appreciate your support.

If you are able to attend, please reply

26 June 2015
We have added a new page to the website:  'Stop Smoking Support' which provides information from the Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service.
The Stop Smoking Team can provide training for clinical and/or non-clinical optical practice staff to equip them to effectively sign post smokers to specific smoking cessation services.

The Team can visit you in your practice and deliver a short presentation that will train your staff to help smokers access the right support to achieve a healthier lifestyle and cut their risk of avoidable sight loss.
Please contact James Curtis at for further information.

Spring CET Event - 31 March 2015

Venue:   Kingsholm Stadium Gloucester
6.30pm   Hot Buffet
7.00pm   Dr Margaret Woodhouse presents "Children's eye tests- why, what and how?"
8.30pm   Paul Walden "The Computer say no!" Covers specialist lens solutions for : High prism, cylinder, plus and minus
along with specialist lens forms made on traditional and HD platforms.
CET points applied for (for both optometrists & D.O.s)
To reserve a place please contact Frances Reilly

GHNHSFT Locum Consultant

Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust have appointed a new locum consultant, Mr Paul Tomlins, to start in January 2015.  Nick Price has officially retired and Mr Tomlins is in his place.

Mr Tomlins has a sub-specialty interest in cornea and trained in Birmingham.  He will have a timetable between CGH, GRH and Tewkesbury.


Optometrists Evening 18th June 2014

At Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership at Lansdown Lodge

6pm for buffet and drinks

7pm Talks

The evening is sponsored by Rayner and they will  be discussing the use of Toric and Sulcoflex lenses.

RSVP by ASAP to:


LOC AGM - Wednesday 14 May 2014

Royal George Hotel, Birdlip

6.30pm     Buffet            

7.00pm     Meeting

Guest speakers include Mr Ric Caesar and Mr Fadi Alkherdahji from Gloucestershire Hospital Tust who will give an update on the cataract service, and Dr Nicola Logan of Aston University and the Myopia Consortium UK who will give a presentation on ‘Myopic development and Optometrist led control strategies’.

Please contact Frances Reilly on to confirm your attendance before 2nd May. 


February 2014

Some recent Ophthalmology staff changes at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSF Trust:

  • James Nairne retired on 31st January 2014.  His replacement will be Mr Nitin Anand, joining the Trust in March.
  • Nick Price  is on a year’s sabbatical in New Zealand until Jan 2015.  Replacement not yet in post.
  • Fadi AlKherdaji, Locum Consultant, is to take over Mr Price’s corneal work.
  • Liz Bristow is on a year’s adoption leave until November 2014.  Replacement not yet in post.


July 2013

Following the joint meeting of Gloucestershire CCG, Gloucestershire LOC and UKSH, please find below details of how to refer patients for cataract surgery to UKSH (now Care UK) at Emerson's Green:
Online:           Choose & Book (
Email:   <
                        (Your usual referral letter is acceptable)
Telephone:    0117 906 1800 (followed up by a letter within 24 hours)
Fax:                 0117 906 1950
Post:               Emerson's Green NHS Treatment, The  Brooms, Emerson's
                        Green, Bristol, BS16 7FH

Useful Contact Information
Admin Team Leader                        0117 9061893
Patient Booking Team:                    0117 906 1800
Triage Lead:                                    0117 906 1926

Please note the following exclusion criteria for patients that fall within the following categories:

  *   Under 18 years of age
  *   High suspicion of cancer
  *   Clinical emergencies
  *   Unstable ASA 3 (e.g. poorly controlled co-morbidities) We do accept well
       controlled ASA 3
  *   Pregnancy
  *   BMI of more than 40 for general anaesthetic or 45 for local anaesthetic
  *   Patients with co-morbidities that have a high likelihood of requiring HDU 
      and ITU back up after treatment

Sally Douthwaite, Patient Administration Manager can be contacted at<> for information on current waiting times for Outpatient and surgery appointments.

To print a copy of this information please click link on the right hand panel.

NHS Shared Business Services

From 1st August 2012, the contact details for Ophthalmic Payment Services in Gloucestershire has changed to:

FHS Ophthalmic Payments Team
5QH Gloucestershire PCT
P O Box 652
Wakefield WR1 9HU
All practices should have received correspondence from NHS SBS outlining these changes.  Click the link on the right for a copy of the letter.


Wednesday 27th March 2013, 6pm - 9.30pm

Three Counties Optometry Society/LOC CET event, at the Royal George Hotel, Birdlip.

6-6.45pm Buffet and Registration

6.45 -7.45pm - Mrs Val Wilson, Rehabilitation Officer, Vision Impairment with Sensory Services Team, Glos County Council will give a talk entitled:

"Vision Impairment - Services within Gloucestershire, Statutory and Voluntary" 

( the talk will provide information on the pathway from referral and registration to rehabilitation, resources and education )

8.00 - 9.00pm - Eloise Nice, Account Manager - South West, Essilor Ltd will give a talk entitled:

" Betamax to BlueRay - the evolution of Progressive Addition Lenses" 

9.00pm - 9.30pm - Eloise NIce will give a  presentation on the latest generation of Essilor PAL's, the Varilux S series.

9.30pm - close

Each of the 2 main lectures will address competencies for both Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists. Each lecture should be awarded 1 CET point. Lectures are not considered to be interactive, but TCOS / GlosLOC will be arranging an interactive Peer Review workshop later this year.

To confirm that you will be attending this event, please reply directly to Frances Reilly at, stating whether or not you will be attending for the buffet as well.


November 2012

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSF Trust and NHS Gloucestershire are changing their telephone number pre-fixes from 26th November 2012.

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 0845 422 will become 0300 422 followed by the existing extension number.

  • NHS Gloucestershire (until 31.03.13) and Gloucestershire Care Services* 0845 422 & 0845 659 will become 0300 421 followed by the existing extension number.

Please be aware, extension numbers (the last four digits of our telephone numbers) will not change. 


17 January 2012

Stroud and Berkeley Vale Primary Eyecare Event
Wednesday 15th February 7.30pm
Cotswold Care Hospice, Minchinhampton
Mr Quresh Mohamed, Consultant Ophthalmologist
Dr Damian Kenny, GP Educationalist
Mr Mohamed will lead a quiz-based session on general eye care; Dr Kenny will discuss services and referrals using patient scenarios to explore pathways.
All are welcome. 
Please contact Dr Simon Opher at for further information and to register your interest.


17 January 2012

New Yag Laser Direct Referral Form

We announce the introduction of a new direct referral form for Yag Laser Capsulotomy within Gloucestershire with immediate effect.

Please read the protocols attached, and download the form from the right of this page, or from the 'Forms & Leaflets to Download' page to use.


12  December 2011

The new 'Vale Hospital' at Dursley opened it's doors on Monday 5th December 2011.  The Vale Hospital replaces Berkeley Hospital and Sandpits Clinic in Dursley which closed on 2nd December 2011.

Eye Outpatient clinics from Berkeley Hospital will now take place at the new Hospital in Dursley.

The address of the new Hospital is:

Vale Community Hospital
Lister Road
GL11 4BA
Telephone:  0345 659 8494


November 2011

The Glaucoma evening on Wednesday 2nd November was exceptionally well supported with over 80 optometrists attending to hear Rosemary Robinson's lecture 'Glaucoma in Practice:  Optic Disc and Visual Field Assessment'.  Lisa Collins presented an update of the Gloucestershire Glaucoma Referral Refinement Scheme, followed by a question and answer session with Professor Andrew McNaught and David Adams.

Steve Guilford briefly explained the LOC survey which is currently underway.   This is an important step towards understanding the current activity within practice across the county in order for us to negotiate with the PCT in the future. 

1 October 2010 

Cataract Direct Referral 3-month Review A letter outlining the 3-month review of the Gloucestershire direct cataract referral scheme is being emailed/posted to all community optometrists in the county today. If you do not receive a copy please contact Frances Reilly at or on 08454 224736.