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Community eye care to provide more accessible services for patients

MECS A free urgent eye care service is set to provide easier access to care for minor eye conditions.

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) is an urgent eye care service provided by University Hospitals Plymouth Trust in collaboration with MECS accredited community Eye Care Professionals.

From 01 October, the service will provide urgent eye assessments for recent and sudden onset of minor eye conditions such as red eyes; with no loss of vision, dry, gritty or itchy eyes, ingrown eyelashes and mild ocular pain. The service aims to provide easily accessible care closer to home for patients, avoiding a trip to Derriford Hospital’s busy Royal Eye Infirmary.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Tomas Cudrnak said: “We are all excited to introduce our new Minor Eye Conditions Service. This service will allow you to be seen by your local, accredited, Eye Care Professional. This will not only save patients a journey to Derriford Hospital for minor eye conditions, it will also allow us at Derriford to deliver more timely care to patients with more serious eye conditions.”

MECS practitioners will examine the vision and eyes using various techniques. The examination will be undertaken by an accredited Eye Care Professional who will carry out a thorough eye assessment and provide patients with the relevant care and advice. Visiting a local community MECS practitioner will give patients rapid access to care seven days a week located closer to home.  

Director of Primary Eyecare Devon, Max Halford, said: “This is a great step forward for patients in the area. Giving access to high quality care, seven days a week, from local Opticians practices close to home is something we have worked towards for many years.

“Not only will MECS patients now benefit from reduced waiting times but this scheme will cut down unnecessary referrals into the hospital”.

A full list of MECS accredited practitioners is available in the MECS patient leaflet which can be found here: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/rei

You can learn more about MECS in our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMyWPN26eiE 

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