Eye screening is an essential part of diabetes care to check for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it is not detected early and treated. Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes is invited to attend once a ye
NHS England has awarded EMIS Care the contracts to provide the diabetic eye screening service in Plymouth. EMIS Care has partnered with Devon Local Optical Committee – the representatives of all the local Opticians to deliver the service. The mobilisation period has begun and the providers will be working together to ensure a smooth transition. Patients and Key stakeholders will be consulted and kept informed of any changes throughout the mobilisation.
The service will continue to provide screening in the existing local optician practices and NHS clinics based throughout the community. The service will also operate the same open booking system utilising the local team to provide patients with support and an efficient booking process.
It is the aim of the programme is to encourage more patients to come forward for screening by offering an efficient, high quality and friendly service. Patients will not experience any disruption to the current service and should notice very few changes in the transition. Patients will be communicated with in good time ahead of their next appointment
James Bolt, Head of Public Health Commissioning for NHS England - South (South West) said: