Westmorland General Hospital (part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation trust) is involved in the management and treatment of wet AMD. In order for referrals to be accurately processed the hospital uses the RCOphth. Referral form.
Wet AMD Referrals should be sent for the attention of the Macula Unit and need to be marked, “Rapid Access Wet AMD”. This will ensure that referrals for wet AMD are clearly visible to the triage staff to prevent delay.
Please note that any co-pathology (e.g. glaucoma) should be referred separately.
Routine referrals should be sent to CPCC by an NHS.net email. GOS18 template.
General referrals for non-BCT optometrists who don’t have NHS.net email accounts – STILL go by post to the CPCC (with copy to GP). Letters sent to the CPCC are not available for any clinician to see until they are scanned onto the hospital system. This can take up to 10 days at busy times. They are then graded in batches by nursing staff.
At busy times it can take two weeks before anyone reads a routine referral letter.
Remember that with ‘routine’ you should assume it will be up to 3 months before the patient is seen so for anything more urgent you should follow the urgent/emergency pathway.
Outside clinic times, if the patient needs immediate medical assessment then phone the hospital switchboard and speak to the 1st on call eye doctor (Usually an Associate Specialist or Specialist Registrar, not a Consultant) to make arrangements. You will usually also be asked to email referral details.
Westmorland General does not have an Emergency Eye Clinic – do not send urgent cases.
Telephone Lancaster, Kendal or Barrow-in-Furness hospital depending on where the patient lives.
Practices without NHS.net email, please use 7Zip encryption (click link for user guide) and contact the LOC secretary or the eye department for an agreed password.
Cataract referrals should be sent direct to the patients preferred provider. This can be via the Community Patient Contact Centre (CPCC) for referrals to University Hospital Morecambe Bay Trust or direct to SpaMedica or another preferred provider. GOS18 template