GOS18 referrals do not require GP action (September 2018)
GOS 18 Direct Referral Routes
The attached letter was sent to Optometrists by NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of the four East Kent CCG’s (NHS Ashford CCG, NHS Canterbury & Coastal CCG, NHS South Kent Coast CCG and NHS Thanet CCG.
The letter states that "the CCGs expect optometrists to send direct onward referrals without involving GP practices. GPs recognise the expertise of Optometrists and are unlikely to add anything to a GOS18 prior to onward referral to the next appropriate provider of services. Therefore there is potentially no value in sending a referral via a GP and it causes unnecessary delays in patient care."