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