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OS Council Meetings for 2011

The OS Council meetings in 2011 will be held on:

  • Monday 24th January - Council Members only
  • Monday 9th May - AGM - All OS Members (full levy payers) invited as Observers
  • (Contact Debbie at the office to reserve your place at the AGM)
  • Monday 19th September - Council Members only

IT Link between Optometry and Ophthalmology Approved

As you will probably be aware, Optometry Scotland and our colleagues in Eyecare Scotland have spent the past two years campaigning for this vital IT link to enable Optometrists to refer patients direct to Ophthalmology departments.

Optometry Scotland met with Shona Robison, Health Minister on Monday 27th September where she confirmed that the Scottish Government have given the green light for this project and will be investing £6.6 million to implement.

Peter Carson, Chairman of OS had this to say: "Optometry Scotland is delighted at the wonderful news regarding the planned development of Eyecare Information Technology in Scotland. This development is an excellent outcome for Optometry in Scotland as we have long realised the potential benefits this facility will bring in terms of enhanced patient care, to further enable Optometry to truly integrate itself into primary healthcare in Scotland, as well as providing improved referral workflow with our Ophthalmology colleagues in secondary care."

There are recognised challenges ahead to provide an IT solution that benefits not only Optometry but also patients themselves, the hospital eye service, and GPs. Optometry Scotland will meet these challenges with passion and commitment and I know that our colleagues on Eyecare Scotland and RNIB Scotland, both of whom we work closely with, feel the same.

On behalf of Optometry Scotland I would like to thank Ophthalmologist Roshini Saunders for her key role in getting us this far, Frank Strang in the SGHD and our own Optometry Scotland colleagues Hal Rollason, Gill Syme and Debbie McGill.

Optometry Scotland looks forwards to working together with all the other stakeholders to continue to build and deliver a world class eyecare service for the people of Scotland.

Dr John Olson, Chair of Eyecare Scotland said "This is indeed fantastic news. More importantly, it will enable us to move from a model of two, world class, but very separate, services - optometry and the hospital eye service, towards a single, truly integrated, patient-centred national system of Eyecare. We look forward to working with you and others in ensuring that this dream becomes a reality."

John Legge, Director of RNIB Scotland said "This is a truly superb outcome for the hundreds of thousands of patients attending Eyecare services across Scotland every year and consolidates Scotland's position as the world leader in this field. It is especially encouraging that this has been achieved through partnership working, a commitment to integrated service delivery and the use of innovative solutions."

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Debbie at the OS office.