Ophthalmology Referral Review Service

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COVID-19 Update- there are long waits for ophthalmology- please consider this service for referrals/GOS18s- if you're not sure the patient should be seen in Ophthalmology. Click here for the Ophthalmology COVID-19 Pathway which has more information. 

The service is for GOS18s- a specialist optometrist reviews your electronic ophthalmology referral and determines what is the best eye care service for your patient.

Audits indicate 40% of GOS18s can be seen by the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) or in primary care.

Please refer when you are unclear what service a patient with an eye condition should be seen by. 

Please refer directly to an ophthalmology service if appropriate.

You can also send your own ophthalmology referrals to the service if you are unclear what is the best eye care service for your patient.

Eligibility criteria


  • GOS18s
  • Routine GP ophthalmology referrals


  • Urgent ophthalmology referral

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs,

EMIS form

Referral methods: e-Referrals

All referrals to the service should be made via e-RS. EMIS Web autocomplete referral form is now available- name: RP Optometrist Referral Review Service Referral Form. Also find Word version of referral form and referral guide in downloads.

The service can be found on e-RS by selecting:

  • Specialty: "Ophthalmology"
  • Clinic Type: "Not Otherwise Specified"
  • Click: "Search Primary Care"
  • Provider: "Primary Ophthalmic Solutions (T289)"
  • Service name: “Ophthalmology- Optometrist Referral Review Service City & Hackney- T289”