A Seamless Transition for the Diabetic Eye Screening Service in Plymouth

02 Mar 2017

From April 2017, people with diabetes in the Plymouth will benefit from a new diabetic eye screening provider.

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: 

“NHS England has appointed EMIS Care to deliver the Plymouth diabetic eye screening programme from 1 April 2017 following a formal procurement.”

“The service will continue to run as before with EMIS Care working in partnership with local optician stores to provide diabetic eye screening appointments.”

“Patients will notice very few changes; the diabetic eye screening programme is still an NHS screening service and will continue to run to the same national guidelines, maintaining the programmes already high standards.”

Jonathan Hildred, EMIS Care, Director of Healthcare stated:

“We are very excited to become the lead provider in the Plymouth diabetic eye screening programme; the optometry based model has been selected to ensure that service users in the area have a programme that works for them. We have operated a very successful optometry based programme in Central Mersey for many years; this should be an indication to our new optometry colleagues and our patients that we will work incredibly hard to ensure that they receive the best service possible.”

For more information about the Plymouth Diabetic Eye Screening Programme visit: www.PLYMOUTHdesp.info