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FAQ - Minor Eyecare Scheme (MECS)|
|Q||Do I need training or accreditation to join this scheme?|
No additional skills are required to join the scheme.
|Q||If I find a MECS condition during a routine eye test can I do a MECS examination instead?|
No. The MECS is for patients who attend with sudden onset eye problems. If you find an abnormality during a routine eye test it should be dealt with in the usual way.
|Q||If we see someone under MECS but then think they should also have an eyetest under GOS, what should we do?|
|A||There will be circumstances where this will occur and you can go on to carry one out under GOS, but NOT on the same day.|
|Q||If we treat someone under PEARS who is not a regular patient of the practice, are we allowed to keep them on our record system?|
|A||Yes, for your own record keeping, but not for reminders or marketing.|
|Q||If a patient has a contact lens related red eye, can you claim a MECS fee?|
|A||Yes, if they are NOT your patient, otherwise their aftercare should be your responsibility. Ideally, a CL patient should return to their usual provider.|
|Q||Do I need extra equipment to carry out MECS?|
You will need the sort of equipment which most Optometry practices already have.
|Q||Can I see a patient of any age for MECS?|
The service is for both adults and children; there is no age limit for the service. Children under 16 who attend the service must be accompanied to their appointment by a responsible adult.