Practice Documents & References

Practice Documents
DBS application information sheet – contact the LOC Chairperson regarding this.
Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Information
Clinical Waste Information
Hand cleaning technique
Falls Leaflet
Patient information leaflet – Hydroxychloroquine
Practice Clinical Referral lead
Diabetic Eye Screening information invite – 1767 IH – DESP webinar email invitation

Referral Forms
LOC Ophthalmology referral form. This can be edited in a pdf program.

A PDF version of the latest GOS18 is available below. Simply save the file and open it with Acrobat Reader. If you wish to keep a copy of each referral you will need to save it with a different name each time.

This first version is for completion and then printing for signature:
GOS18 Electronic-Final
The second version allows for digitally signing the referral. There are also instructions explaining digital signatures:
GOS18 Electronic with digital signature -Final
GOS 18 signature guidance

Smoking Cessation
Ask – Do you smoke?  ​And record their smoking status if you have the facility
Advise – Tell the patient they are more likely to quit with support and medication. Or if they prefer, there are online resources where they can get advice and tips to quit ​
Act – Make a direct referral through the ‘contact’ page of, their GP’s stop smoking service or pharmacy. Tell them about the self-help online resource and
Download posters here

Sight Loss
Some helpful advice for practice staff to help support someone with sight loss – Supporting someone with sight loss
A good document around sight loss – it lists all sight loss charities as well as having a good section at the front for practices to complete with their local details.

Support Services
Southend, Essex and Thurrock Child and Adolescents Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) – provides advice and support to
children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

Translation Services
Interpreting and translation services – East of England Region

Transport Services
Transport from Clacton area to Colchester hospital – Clacton transport poster.  Hospital Hopper for patients attending Colchester hospital, Primary Care Centre, St Helena Hospice & the Oaks.

Diabetic Services
From 1st April 2024 Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) became the provider for the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (DESP) across Hertfordshire and West Essex (HWE).  Details of the screening locations for the new programme can be found here please share with patients.