The objective of the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) is to provide, through community opticians' practices, preventative and corrective eye care for children, people aged 60 and over, people on low incomes, and those suffering from or pre-disposed to eye disease.
This report presents summary information about GOS activity in England and Wales for 2007/08 and on trends since 1998/99. The statistics are derived from data entered onto the Ophthalmic Payments System, an NHS Connecting for Health product, accessed via Open Exeter, by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England and Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales. The Ophthalmic Payments System records General Ophthalmic Service claims, automates the payment process, produces required statistical returns and provides fraud prevention and detection tools.
Comparisons over time have been made with both 2006/07 and 2002/03 to allow the activity comparisons to be as consistent as possible with those made in General Ophthalmic Services: Workforce Statistics for England and Wales at 31 December 2007.