Diabetic eye screening service update in the midlands

10 Feb 2016

Contracts for diabetic eye screening services are soon to be changed as the existing Herefordshire and Worcestershire service provider expands its screening services to integrate with Coventry and Warwickshire.

Eye screening is an essential part of diabetes care to check for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it’s not detected early and if necessary treated. Everyone with diabetes aged 12 and over is entitled to have their eyes checked once a year.

EMIS Care already provides diabetic eye screening services to people in Herefordshire and Worcestershire as Medical Imaging UK but from 1 April 2016 the service will deliver a standardised screening model to include Coventry and Warwickshire.

The new integrated model will provide services as the ‘Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.’

On 1 April 2016 Medical Imaging UK ltd will also be rebranding as EMIS Care. There will be no changes to the proposed delivery of the service.

A tailored communications plan has been created to ensure stakeholders and service users are kept informed of the rebrand and transition to the new integrated screening model.

Kevin McDonnell, Managing Director of EMIS Care, said:

“Our mission, vision and values are to provide a patient centred service that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the patients we serve by working to achieve excellence in service delivery. We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to serving the people of Coventry and Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

Ashis Banerjee, Screening and Immunisations Lead for NHS England (West Midlands) said:

“NHS England is delighted that people in Coventry and Warwickshire will soon become part of a wider programme of diabetic eye screening services already provided in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

“Patients don’t need to make any changes as NHS England and Public Health England are working with Medical Imaging UK Ltd to ensure a seamless transition of service for all service users.”

“Our aim is to ensure that people living in Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire have available high-quality diabetic eye screening services.”