Minor Eye Conditon Service (MECS)
The aim of the service is to use the skills of primary care optometrists to assess, manage and prioritise patients presenting with an eye condition, improving eyecare services for patients in East Lancashire / Blackburn with Darwen (IES) or North Lancashire / South Cumbria (BCT).
A MECS examination will provide a timely assessment of the needs of a patient presenting with an eye condition. This will be undertaken by a number of accredited optometrists within suitably equipped premises who will manage the patient appropriately and safely. Management will be maintained within the primary care setting for as many patients as possible, thus avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospital services. Where referral to secondary care is required it will be to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency.
Accredited optometrists from the IES and BCT can prescribe from an approved formulary. The formulary for Morecambe Bay can be accessed by clicking here
Patients can self-refer or be referred by GPs, pharmacists, NHS 111 or other optometrists.