North Kent Eye Service

Operose holds the contract to provide the “Community Ophthalmology Service” in the three North Kent CCG areas: DGS, Medway and Swale. Please click here for Operose’ website and information on the service and see below for additional details. Please click here for the relevant paperwork and here for contractual requirements.

MECS 1 (fee £50 including follow-up) and MECS 2 (fee £85 including follow-up)

This is very similar to the previous PEARS contract. Claims need to be submitted by the 5th of the following month from when the patients were seen otherwise you may not be paid.

Onward referrals now go to a single point of access as follows: (please note, if you are emailing then you need an nhs.net account). You do not need to write separately to the GP for referrals as The Practice will communicate with the GP.

NHS email: northkent.eyeservice@nhs.net

Fax: 01634 412132

Postal address:
Rose House
Bell Lane Office Village
Bell Lane
Little Chalfont

There are a few important aspects that you need to be aware of:

• GP notification: for MECS you need to send the GP a discharge summary (for those patients you have not referred) within 5 working days. You can simply email the record form or send a letter. Please note that you have done this on the records form.

• Record forms: Operose requires all record forms to be kept in practice for audit and verification purposes.

Repeat IOP – fee £24 (flat rate)

As with MECS, you do not need to write separately to the GP for referrals as Operose will communicate with the GP. Simply refer to the single point of access as for MECS.  If your practice is not already registered on the web-based Repeat IOP system, please email londonsoutheast@jclconsulting.co.uk for more details.

Any queries, please let us know and feedback is, of course, welcomed.

Post-op Cataract Service (Maidstone Hospital and Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham) – fee £45

The aim of this pathway is to enable patients who have had cataract surgery to have their post-operative care in the community, close to home.  This will not only be more convenient for the patient, but will also free up additional capacity at the hospital to see other patients.  The check-up will be done approximately four weeks following surgery.  The check-up will not constitute a full eye examination, nor will it include an accurate refraction.  Patients should be returned to their ‘normal’ optometrist/OMP for that.