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East Anglia Diabetic Eye Screening

The East Anglia Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is provided by Health Intelligence after they were awarded the contract by NHS England Midlands and East (East) to continue provision of the service from 1 April 2016.

The geography of the programme area has been changed to include Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but not North East Essex and Mid Essex.  

Diabetic retinopathy is caused when diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that acts rather like a film in a camera. Screening is an effective way of detecting diabetic retinopathy as soon as possible. Untreated diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of blindness in the working-age population. Diabetic retinopathy does not usually affect your sight until changes are advanced. Annual screening is an effective way of preventing sight loss caused by diabetes.

All patients aged 12 and over, with a diagnosis of diabetes will be referred by their GP Practice to the diabetic eye screening programme. This is the best way to ensure that the risk of losing your sight to diabetic retinopathy is managed. Patients who have had bariatric surgery or no longer show the symptoms of diabetes should still attend for screening.
 
For patients referred to the programme by their General Practice, the programme is responsible for inviting, screening, grading & referring to the Hospital Eye Services as required. Patients will be invited by letter 4-6 weeks before to an appointment at their nearest venue. If the time or date is not convenient or maybe a venue closer to work is better, you can contact the Bookings Office to change their appointment. 
 
To change an appointment or speak to someone about the screening process, ring the Bookings Office on 01284 848418 (Mondays – Friday 8am–8pm and Saturday 8am-12pm). Alternatively patients can email enquiries@eadesp.co.uk
 
The programme website has been revamped, www.eadesp.co.uk, but still contains lots of information that can help inform patients, has a list of screening venues (in the process of being updated when new venues are confirmed) and patients can quickly and easily feedback and interact with the programme

Read more about Diabetic Retinopathy

Social media

There are new social media pages, which will keep patients up to date with the programme:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/desp_ea

 

Contacts

To change an appointment or speak to someone about the screening process, call the Bookings Office (Mondays – Friday 8am–8pm and Saturday 8am-12pm).

Tel: 01284 848418  

Email: enquiries@eadesp.co.uk

Website: www.eadesp.co.uk  
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