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Pachymeters for Scottish Optometrists

The Scottish Government has announced further investment to primary care which includes Optometry receiving £1.5 million to purchase pachymeters for Optometrists. Further information will be circulated soon on how this will be applied.

The press release can be downloaded here.

OS AGM / Council Meeting 28th May 2015

AN OS AGM/Council meeting will be held on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 11am in the Camanile Hotel, Glasgow, G3 8HL. There will then be lunch at 12pm with the Council meeting starting at 1pm with an expected finish time of 4pm. Please confirm ASAP if you will be attending both meetings.

Any reports should be sent to Debbie McGill in advance of the meeting and no later than Friday 22nd May. If anyone would like time on the agenda under matters arising please also inform me of this by Friday 22nd May also.  

AGM Business

OS can confirm that we are seeking nominations for Chairman and Vice-Chair, 2015 – 2017, in advance of the AGM. 

The reasons for this is that David Bonellie has confirmed that he will not be standing for the Chairman’s position at the AGM due to a change in circumstances within David’s business, he feels he cannot dedicate the time to the position of Chair that it needs.

Nicola McElvanney (current Vice Chair) has confirmed that she is willing to stand for Chair therefore if Nicola is voted in without contest we will have the Vice chair position to fill.

Please send Debbie McGill your nomination and a synopsis of no more than 500 words to support your nomination.  You should also have two members of Council supporting your application. Nominations should be sent to mto Debbie McGill no later than Friday 15th May. 

SIGN Press Release for OS

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) published a Guideline for “Glaucoma referral and safe discharge” on 25th March 2015.

This guideline recommends new criteria for the evaluation, monitoring, referral and discharge of patients with signs of ocular hypertension or glaucoma and the information that all professionals should give to patients. The criteria and protocols have been developed specifically for Scotland.

The press release can be downloaded here.

SIGN Glaucoma Guidelines

SIGN Glaucoma Guidelines

The current Scottish General Ophthalmic Services arrangements offer a consistently wider range of clinical tests than are available elsewhere in the UK. They mandate glaucoma-detection strategies but do not incorporate guidance on which patient groups require referral from primary to secondary care. 

This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on the primary-care examination and assessment of patients with suspected glaucoma.

You can view the SIGN 144 Glaucoma Referral and Safe Discharge guidelines at

Optometry Scotland to hold roadshows in February and March 2015

Optometry Scotland will be holding roadshows across Scotland in February and March 2015. Roadshows will run from 6:30pm to 9pm (registration and buffet from 6pm) and are free to OS members, fee applies to non-members. Details of the roadshows are listed below.

Thursday, 19 February – Glasgow – Campanile, 10 Tunnell Street, Glasgow, G3 8HL
Monday, 23 February – Perth – Mercure, West Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5QP
Monday, 2 March – Aberdeen – DoubleTree by Hilton, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen, AB24 5EF
Monday, 9 March – Inverness – Mercure, Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1DX
Monday, 16 March – Edinburgh – Novotel, 80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE

The agenda for the roadshows is as follows:

  • Review of GOS – The future of GOS – Review of the service going forward - What this means to the profession
  • Eyecare IT integration – Update on E-referrals and e-payment from OS and Practitioner Services Division
  • Payment Verification update – Update on the new payment verification process being rolled out in 2015
  • SIGN – Update re revision of SIGN
  • Scottish Eyecare Group – Update on activity with the Ophthalmology group 
  • Scottish Parliament Business – Update on lobbying

We hope that all members of OS are able to attend at least one of the roadshows to allow us to fully consult with everyone on all of the above.

You can reserve your place using the Booking Request Form, on the Contact Us section of the website, to be taken directly to the Booking Request Form, click here.

Optometry Scotland to hold roadshows in February and March 2014

Optometry Scotland will be holding roadshows across Scotland in February and March 2014, these will give us a chance to consult with the profession on Eyecare IT, delegated care proposals and what the profession wants with regards to training.

Practitioner Services Division representatives will be in attendance to advise on the payments process regarding electronic payments. Roadshows will run from 6pm to 8:30pm and are free to OS members, fee applies to non-members. Details of the surgeries are listed below.

Thursday, 27 February, 6pm – Glasgow
Monday, 3 March, 6pm – Stirling
Monday, 10 March, 6pm – Inverness
Thursday, 13 March, 6pm – Aberdeen

Please note there will no longer be a roadshow in Dundee on Monday, 17 March and instead there will be a roadshow in Aberdeen on Thursday, 13 March.