Central Mersey Local Optical Committee serves General Ophthalmic Services contractors and performers in Halton, Knowsley and St Helens. Representation for Warrington area is now shared with Cheshire LOC, during a transitional period (see our “News” section for more details). This site contains many of the documents required to support our work, including documents required for referral and community services(previously known as Enhanced services). There is a committee area which supplies agendas, minutes and committee papers and can be accessed by committee members who have the required permission.

If you wish to receive papers or ask any questions about our work, please email the secretary on locsec@hotmail.co.uk


Central Mersey Local Optical Committee now serves the interests of GOS registered Optical practitioners in 3 CCG areas, Halton, Knowsley and St Helens and has links with Mersey area team of NHS England.

Central Mersey LOC was formed on 10th January 2007, via a merger of  2 previous LOCs,  North Cheshire LOC and St Helens and Knowsley LOC. At the 2014 AGM it was decided that Warrington area would be better served by being part of Cheshire LOC, as it has better links with the Cheshire area team of NHS England. This was also agreed by Cheshire LOC at their AGM. There will now be a transitional period of around 12 months, when members of Central Mersey LOC practicing in the Warrington area will attend both committees.  By Spring 2015, the transition should be complete and Warrington contractors and ophthalmic practitioners will be fully represented by Cheshire LOC. However, the 2 LOCs will maintain close links, particularly with regards to diabetic eye screening



Central Mersey LOC covers 4 CCGs, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington. Each CCG currently commissions Community Services, including Cataract assessment and referral and Glaucoma Referral Refinement. Merseyside LOCs have set up an LOC company, Primary Eye Care Mersey Ltd to contract with CCGs