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Update from Wiltshire LOC

Wiltshire LOC Education Event
Good Referrals
Wednesday 7th Feb 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to our next educational event themed around good referrals. The event is an excellent opportunity to network and engage with fellow eyecare professionals and will take place at Devizes Town Hall, St. John’s Street, Devizes, SN10 1BN (in the Cheese Hall) on Wednesday 7th February 2018 starting from 6.30pm until 9:30pm.

6:30pm Welcome buffet and registration
Update on triage services for Wiltshire referrals


7:00pm CET lecture by Guy Smith (Consultant Ophthalmologist, GWH)
An update on Cataract Surgery and IOL refractive surgery


8:00pm Scope Ophthalmics Ltd
Managing Blepharitis in community practice


8:20pm Break (tea and coffee)

8:30pm CET lecture by Jyotin Pandit (Consultant Ophthalmologist, GWH)
Assigning priority and triage of referrals


9:30pm Close

We are hoping the lectures will be approved for both Optometrist and Dispensing Optician CET points and can confirm this closer to the event.

11th September 2017


LOC Meeting


The next Wiltshire LOC committee meeting will be at 7:30pm on Monday 11th September 2017 at the Bear Hotel in Devizes.



The Bear Hotel


The Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire. 
SN10 1HS

3rd May 2017





Our AGM and education evening is taking place this Wednesday 3rd May 2017 and will include a CET lecture by Bath Consultant Richard Antcliffe. The title of the lecture is Diabetic Retinopathy 2017 and will include an interactive CET point for Optoms and DOs.


The event is being held at The Methuen Arms, Corsham and starts at 1830 hrs for a buffet and networking with Bondeye and Wiltshire Sight. The lecture will begin at 1900hrs followed by the AGM after a short break. We'd love to see you there!



The Methuen Arms

01249 717060

9th February 2017


Wiltshire LOC have organised a MECS Accreditation Evening  scheduled for all Wiltshire optometrists on the 29th March 2017 at Chippenham Specsavers. We would really like to see us all accredited in MECS so that we are ready to be of value to what lies ahead in the arena of Optometry in Wiltshire. 

We have decided as a committee that the fee will be £150 per practitioner payable by yourselves either by credit card over the phone via Susan Downie on 01980 611 433 or 07931 767 636 or by Bacs as follows :

Account Name:  Wiltshire Local Optical Committee

Account Number: 40978566

Sort Code: 20-05-06

Please make sure you add your name as a reference for direct BACS payments.
Please be advised there are limited spaces for this event and we are LIVE on WOPEC website as of now. If you are still in need of codes for your distance learning modules that will need to be completed in advance, please email us by return and we will organise a code for you. 
12th January 2017
Dear members, 
Last night saw a successful first meeting of the year with most of the committee present and working hard on your behalf. 
I would like to give you all some points to note for the present and the near future. 
1: Twitter feed:  
Please follow us on   @wiltshireloc
stay up to date by linking to the website. 
2: MECS accreditation:
An evening is being planned around  second week in March. TBC. Please get your distance learning completed before then and apply on the Wopec web site.  The venue is to be Chippenham Specsavers as this was felt to be most central to all. 
The cost is going to be £150 per applicant and will be posted on the Wopec website asap. 
Please check Wopec site periodically. 
3: AGM:
Date has been set for the 3rd May 2017 venue TBC. An evening of Cet will be provided and a chance to get to know your committee. 
4: Evolutio pilot:
Discussions with Wiltshire Ccg are ongoing. We will keep you informed of any imminent changes. 
5: Swindon Ccg: 
Discussions continue to  progress with regard to  Extended Eye Services  (mecs) and the discussions have been taken to STP level. Again we will keep you all posted. 
6: Next Committee meeting:
8th March 2017. Please feel free to email any discussion points you would like raised. 

Susan Downie
Wiltshire LOC Chair 
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