Optometry Scotland has today responded to amendments proposed to the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) regulations in Scotland.
Samantha Watson, Chair of Optometry Scotland, said: “We welcome the recognition in these amendments that community optometry is the first port of call for all eye related problems. These amendments signal the end of the ‘tick box’ nature of provision and will enable the service to develop further allowing practitioners to perform those tests and procedures indicated necessary by the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms.
“There is still much work to be done in effectively delivering and improving General Ophthalmic Services in Scotland, and we look forward to collaborating with the Scottish Government further.”
The proposed amendments are the result of close consultation between Optometry Scotland and the Scottish Government following The Community Eyecare Services Review report published in April 2017
Subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, the majority of the changes come into force from 1 October 2018.
The RSA Secure ID soft tokens are due to expire on 30th June 2018. To ensure that there is no disruption to service, soft tokens are being replaced with hard tokens. This is a temporary solution; a new connectivity solution will be rolled out later this year that will eliminate the need for tokens altogether.
Please view/download the Replacement of soft VPN tokens letter in PDF format here
INFORMATION ON VPN TOKEN REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Those practices who access eServices (ePayments, eReferrals, eSchedules) via a VPN token may be aware that these tokens have expiry dates and so National Services Scotland is replacing them as those dates approach. If you have not used your VPN token/tokens for more than 6 months they will not be replaced, and you will need to contact PSD for them to supply you with a new one. Some soft tokens will expire at the end of June/July and will be replaced with hard tokens. Without a token you will no longer be able to access eServices. In the longer term all tokens will ultimately be replaced by a new SWAN (Scottish Wide Area Network) connection. We will inform you about this nearer the time.
INFORMATION ON E-SCHEDULES
To access e-schedules go to the PSD website and access online reports, where you can sign up for the service.
Those practices using hard VPN tokens (physical token) will have been contacted in the past few weeks regarding their replacement as they will expire on 30 April 2018. It is vital that you follow the instructions in the letter in order that you can continue to access the electronic service for referrals and payments. The letter can be viewed/downloaded in PDF format here