Reference 2016-431

REF:            2016-431

Subject:        Ophthalmology procedures

 

Request:

  1. Could you please let me know how you interpreted the question when providing us with  the sources of referral data for cataract surgery?
  2. I am particularly interested in the GP, Consultant and Optometrist figures, could you explain if there is any overlap between these three, for example is it possible that some GP referrals could actually be optometrist referrals?
  3. Lastly, do you know why the number of referrals differs so much between GPs, Consultants and Optometrists?

 

Response:

Could you please let me know how you interpreted the question when providing us with the sources of referral data for cataract surgery?

 

Within our patient administration system (PAS) every referral has a field named ‘Referral Source’. So, using the referral that the inpatient episode of the cataract surgery was linked to I included the source of referral recorded in the PAS system.
I am particularly interested in the GP, Consultant and Optometrist figures, could you explain if there is any overlap between these three, for example is it possible that some GP referrals could actually be optometrist referrals?

 

Only one referral source per referral can be entered in the PAS system, so a patient couldn’t be referred in by a GP and an Optometrist on the same referral. As with anything that involves manual input it’s possible that the wrong source of referral has been selected when the referral was added onto the system.
Lastly, do you know why the number of referrals differs so much between GPs, Consultants and Optometrists?

 

 

Cataract patients can be referred by GP or optician.

Opticians can only refer directly if they have had training from the eye unit and been approved. They have to attend an annual update.

Opticians who cannot directly refer have to go via the patients GP.

We will then obviously receive more referral form optoms who are approved.

Salford optoms are not part of the direct referral service so we will only receive referrals from Salford and out of area GP’s.

 

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