Diabetic eye screening service update in the north

12 Feb 2016

People with diabetes in Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Gateshead are set to continue receiving high quality diabetic eye screening services delivered by EMIS Care from 1 of April 2016, announced by NHS England in October 2015.

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 this service once a year.

EMIS Care has been has been providing diabetic eye screening as Medical Imaging UK in Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Gateshead since October 2012, and is looking forward to continue providing high quality care and implementing service improvements.

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

Kevin McDonnell, Managing Director of EMIS Care, said:

“Our mission, vision and values are to provide a patient centric 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 Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Gateshead”

Christine Keen, director of commissioning for NHS England Cumbria and the North East, said:

“We are very pleased that we are continuing to work with Medical Imaging UK ltd. The award of the contract is a mark of our confidence, given the successful service they have provided patients in the North of Tyne and Gateshead area for the past three years.”

“Over the next three years we are looking forward to working together, to further improve the way that the service is made even more accessible to patients.”

“Currently, over 80% of patients with diabetes attend eye screening each year, our aim is to encourage all patients with diabetes to take up their invitation to diabetic eye screening, as it could save their eyesight.”