MECS for Patients
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The Bradford, Airedale and Craven Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) uses the skills of Optometrists in the community to see and treat patients presenting with a minor eye condition. Management will be maintained within the primary care setting for as many patients as possible – avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospital services. This may be in the form of recommending (for example) over the counter eye drops for conjunctivitis or providing advice on (for example) dry eye conditions.
MECS is available to people with new or very recent onset minor eye problems to get the help that they need quickly and easily closer to home. MECS appointments will NOT result in the issue a prescription for spectacles.
Under this scheme, any patient who is registered with a Bradford or Airedale area GP (including Craven) can access this local service rather than waiting for a GP appointment or referral to a specialist clinic. Patients are able to self-present to an Optometry or Optician’s practice which provides this service. You will need to contact the Opticians first to arrange a suitable appointment date and time.
Opening times vary but most are open between 9am and 5.30pm Monday – Saturday, and some 10am – 4.00pm on Sunday.
To find a participating practice please click on the list below: