Electronic Eye Referral System EeRS
The Electronic Eye Referral System (EeRS) is now live.
EeRS first went live across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (STW) on Wednesday 1st November 2023, the first area to launch as part of an NHS Midlands led regional implementation programme.
EeRS is a secure digital platform that enables optometrists to refer patients electronically for eye conditions that require further investigation or treatment.
As of the end of January 2024, two thirds of Optometry practices across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are now live, making referrals and accessing Advice and Guidance via EeRS.
Benefits for patients and staff working in optometry
This new system will improve the referral process, enable information to be shared more easily and support better communication between the different services.
EeRS will bring many benefits to both patients and optometrists, such as:
- Faster and more convenient referrals, with no need for email, post, or fax in future.
- The ability to attach documents and images (including eye scans) to the referral.
- Reduced burden on GP practice staff who currently process referrals from optometrists.
- Improved communication and feedback between primary and secondary care, with access to a patients’ referral status and outcomes.