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Hi all

Further to our earlier emails, we have 7 updates for you today:
  1. Watford (West Herts NHS Trust) have updated their referral contact information, which you will find below. We have also updated our referral contacts list to include this information, HERE.

  2. ONFC have released a statement on the impact of the lockdown on Optical Practices in England, HERE.

  3. The College of Optometrists have issued guidance on eye care provision under the new national restrictions, which can be found HERE.

  4. The GOC have issued a statement on the national lockdowns which, for those who have not already received it, can be found HERE.

  5. PCSE have released an update regarding GOS forms, including information on the upcoming changes to paper GOS forms, how to move online if you haven’t already done so and an invitation to book your place on PCSE’s webinars about moving online, HERE.

  6. Herts Valley's CCG update, including a Local Resilience Forum update and "Childhood winter illnesses - knowing what to do", can be found HERE.
  7. FODO's latest round-up can be found HERE, including similar information to the above links, more general information on vaccinations for optical staff, lockdown, and the outcome of UK negotiations with the EU.

We will continue to update you.

Kind regards

Herts LOC


About the Service / Department

Our service has five consultants with expertise covering all areas ophthalmology (eye care).

Our staffing team also include speciality doctors (in Ophthalmology), ophthalmic nurses, optometrists, orthoptists, an ophthalmic technician as well as clerical and managerial staff.

The service offers a full range of outpatient services covering all general and specialist aspects of ophthalmology. Some of these specialities include medical retina disease, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and paediatric ophthalmology.

Minor operations and laser treatments are also carried out on a regular basis within the department.

We also have a dedicated age related macular degeneration team with recently upgraded facilities at Watford general hospital.


We have outpatient clinics at Watford General Hospital and at St Albans City Hospital.


» View Ophthalmology consultants


The Ophthalmology clinic at Watford General is situated on the ground floor of the Maternity building in Watford General hospital.

The Ophthalmology clinic at St Alban’s City Hospital is situated on level 4, Gloucester wing. St Albans City Hospital.

New appointments:

01727 897 831


01727 897 360/897 517

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) coordinator:

01923 436 607

Medical secretaries:

01923 217 225 (Watford)

01727 897 519 (St Albans)

Urgent eye clinic appointments:

01923 436 205 (Between 09:00am- 16:30 pm)

Medical advice for GPs:

01923 208 083 - (Between 09:00am- 16:30 pm)

Elective patient operation schedulers/theatre queries:

01727 897 662 or 01727 897 716

Email addresses:

Departmental email:

For rapid access AMD referrals:

For URGENT referrals:

Urgent eye clinic:

Our urgent eye clinic opens from 9am -16:30pm (last appointment 16.00pm)

The urgent eye clinic is a referral based clinic (we do not accept walk in patients).

Patients can be referred via their GP, A&E and opticians.

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