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College-funded research shows Minor Eye Conditions Services reduced volume of patients referred to hospitals by GPs

 

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College-funded research shows Minor Eye Conditions Services reduced volume of patients referred to hospitals by GPs

New research funded by the College of Optometrists has found that introducing an intermediate-tier service (ITS) for eye care services could reduce the volume of patients referred to hospitals by GPs and provide replacement services at lower costs.

The research, published by BMJ Open, although not applicable across all parts of the UK, investigated the changes in volume of hospital ophthalmology patients and the related costs, before and after minor eye conditions services (MECS) were introduced in two London boroughs.