MECS Scheme

We now offer minor eye conditions service (MECS) paid for by the NHS

Common eye problems as listed below can now be assessed and treated locally

This service is paid for by the NHS if you are registered with any GP in Mid Essex or North East Essex, for example:

Kelvedon and Feering Health Centre in Kelvedon

Thorpe-Le-Soken Surgery in Thorpe-Le-Soken

Pump House Surgery in Earls Colne

Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead

Coggeshall Surgery in Coggeshall

Church Square Surgery in Bures

Hilton House Surgery in Sible Hedingham

The Castle Surgery in Castle Hedingham

Ambrose Avenue Group Practice Branch Surgery in Stanway

Tollgate Health Centre in Stanway Colchester

Silver End Surgery in Witham Braintree

West Bergholt Surgery in West Bergholt

Great Cornard Surgery in Sudbury

Bridge Street Surgery in Great Yeldham

Caradoc Surgery in Frinton on Sea

Walton Medical Centre in Walton on the Naze

Kirby Cross Surgery in Kirby Cross

Frinton Road Medical Centre Surgery in Holland on Sea

Harwich Surgery in Harwich

Bessbrook Surgery in Great Oakley

Dr Coggan, Harewood Surgery in Harwich

Fronks Road Family Surgery, in Harwich

Great Bentley Surgery in Great Bentley

Mayflower Medical Centre in Dovercourt Harwich


If you suffer from red, gritty, itchy, sore, painful, watery eyes or blurry vision, or any of the eye symptoms below, please contact us

To book an initial NHS phone consultation during the Corona / Covid-19 pandemic

for Frinton on Sea call 07943 531 878

for Earls Colne call 07940 461 667 

or you can email us here: contact us


Common eye problems covered by the NHS MECS Scheme:

  • Sudden loss of vision including temporary loss of sight
  • Sudden onset of blurred vision
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Red eyes
  • Foreign body injury and emergency contact lens problems
  • Dry eye / gritty / itchy
  • Epiphora = watery eye
  • Trichiasis = in growing eyelashes
  • Lumps and bumps near the eye, Stye Cyst Hordeolum
  • Recent double vision
  • Flashes / floaters / vitreous detachments or retinal detachment
  • Recent loss of peripheral vision


From the local eye clinic:

Interesting MECS  referral into us

CL wearer with sore eye / blurred / haloes / glare

Fortunately referred as urgent – was actually bilateral hypertensive uveitis / trabeculitis with eye pressure of 58 and 60

A fair reminder that remote triage can be challenging, well done to MECS practitioners for recognition of this and referring urgent


Received emails from patients who visited us under MECS:

Dear Mr Kleyn
Thank you for seeing me at short notice yesterday. I was called for an appointment at Colchester eye clinic at 3.15 yesterday afternoon.  Your diagnosis (viral infection) was spot on confirmed by the doctor who examined me. He gave me the medication to deal with the problem and will see me again in 4 weeks. Already, the vision in the affected eye has improved. So, I am very grateful for the way in which you dealt with me, thank you again.


Subject: Eye sore
Following my visit today, what a good idea to have your eyes checked by a specialist (Simon Kleyn) who was very professional and helpful. I would also like to thank the staff on reception as they were very helpful and polite.
Many Thanks
Sent from my iPad


Click here for an independent review of the MECS scheme 



Location tags: 

Halstead Sudbury Bures Braintree Coggeshall Hedingham Eight Ash Green

Earls Colne The Pump House Surgery Elizabeth Courtauld Partnership Surgery Coggeshall Surgery Hardwicke House Group Surgery

Kirby Cross Kirby Le Soken Holland on Sea Great Holland Weeley Clacton Great Oakley Walton on the Naze Harwich 

Frinton on Sea Caradoc Surgery Vicarage Lane Surgery Frinton Road Medical Centre Thorpe Le Soken Surgery Dovercourt Fronks Road Family Surgery The Mayflower Medical Centre