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Fodo updates guidance on patient referrals

The Federation of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (Fodo) has issued updated guidance to support primary eye care in understanding current regulations and help patients with their right to choose an ophthalmology provider.

Fodo welcomed the national implementation of direct referral from primary eye care to ophthalmology in England to avoid administrative delays and to make more patients aware of their right to choose.

The guidance answered frequently asked questions, provided an example of patient choice in practice and explained the importance of regulation and compliance regarding patient choice.

Fodo will also continue to work to secure access to a consistent IT connectivity solution to enable practitioners to access the information they needed to help patients make informed choices about their care.