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The COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted Community Optometry Services, with many closing their doors since controls to limit the virus were implemented.

However, there’s still a need to treat patients in an emergency. NES Digital Service has been working with colleagues in NHS Grampian and NHS Forth Valley on the ‘Eyecare’ product – this service introduces a leading open source electronic patient record (EPR) for ophthalmology called ‘OpenEyes’ onto the National Digital Platform, to enable virtual consultations with patients and to share the information needed to treat patients between optometrists and ophthalmologists.

The service went live on 11th May and is already making a difference to Optometry services in NHS Grampian and NHS Forth Valley.

June, 23 2020