Recent Updates


As more hospitals aim to turn off their fax machines, the LOC would like to encourage all practices to obtain an email address to enable referrals to be sent securely.  The application process has been simplified due to COVID and this has been extended until end of June 2021.  There is also help in completing the DSPT for the nhs mail now available via the LOC.  The application form is available here.


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said it will increase GOS sight test fees by 1.9% from April 2021. The GOS CET allowances and pre-registration supervision grants will also rise by the same percentage. The fees for GOS sight tests in England were last increased in April 2015 by 1%. For more information see OFNC statement on GOS fees 2021-22 final 210321 (002)GOS fees 2020 21 letter.

Changes to GOS claims;

PCSE online/eGOS claims system now live for new users; New style GOS paper forms launch February 2021. For more information click here. (18/12/2020)

More details regarding the upcoming changes to GOS claim forms moving online can be found at NHSE Move to Online Letter 20th July 2020

Referral guidelines and clinical documents from the NW London CCG can be found here here. (21/06/20)

Three additional clinical pathways to broaden primary care have been introduced LOCSU’s clinical pathways to broaden primary care offer. 29/05/2020

KCWHF practices are encouraged to send all routine Central London CCG patient ophthalmology referrals to the SPoA from now on.

Emergency and urgent referrals that need to be seen in urgent and emergency eye clinics or in WET AMD clinics should follow local protocol outside the SPoA.

The preferred method of referring into the SPoA is via the Optomanager web portal. If practices need access to the portal, they should email



A review of ophthalmology provisions in the NHS – details can be found in the GIRFT Report OphthalmologyReportGIRFT19P-FINAL .Dec2019