NES run a number of core workshops in areas trainees may find difficult to cover during their training.
We recently had an ophthalmology course which was really useful and interesting.
We are lucky in Aberdeen to have good links between Primary and Secondary care with minimal hassle when referring. There is an email for advice which is usually replied to within a few hours.
We also have the Clinical Decisions Unit, which is the Hospital’s telephone referral line and also covers ophthalmology.
If you are unsure or have a question, you can phone the CDU and speak to an experienced nurse practitioner or ophthalmologist. They provide advice on how to further manage the patient, whether they need referred and where the most appropriate place would be.
Grampian also have the Grampian Eye Health Network which allows easy referral between Primary Care, optometry, pharmacy and ophthalmology. Optometrists in Grampian are well equipped and highly skilled and provide services which many Primary Care centres cannot such as foreign body removal.
The service is a good one and is a great asset to Grampian, making things easier for doctors and improving patient experience.
Dr Linda White, ST3, Elmbank Group Practice