New Eye Diabetic Screening Provider in Surrey

06 Mar 2017

From April 2017, people with diabetes in Surrey 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 year.

NHS England has awarded EMIS Care the contracts to deliver the diabetic eye screening service in Surrey. The mobilisation period has begun and the provider will be working to ensure a smooth transition. We will be keeping patients and key stakeholders informed of any changes throughout the mobilisation

The service will continue to offer screening from many of the existing clinic locations. Patients will be given the opportunity to feedback on any changes if we are unable to secure all the existing clinic locations. The service will also operate the same booking system utilising the same local administration team to provide patients with an easy and efficient booking process.

It is essential that people with diabetes have regular eye screening, our aim is to encourage more patients to come forward for screening by offering an efficient, high quality and friendly service. If you are diabetic and currently do not receive screening please contact your GP to be referred into the service.

Patients will not experience any disruption to the current service and should notice very few changes in the transition. We will communicate directly with patients in good time ahead of their next appointment.

Deborah Tomalin, Head of Commissioning for NHS England in the South East said:

“People with diabetes are at risk of damage to their eyes from a condition called diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to sight loss if it's not treated. Screening is a way of detecting the it early before you notice any changes to your vision. Diabetic retinopathy doesn't usually cause any noticeable symptoms in the early stages, so it is essential that people with diabetes attend their annual screening appointments.”

“We are pleased to have awarded a new contract to provide diabetic eye screening services in Surrey to EMIS Care, ensuring that people in Surrey with diabetes continue to benefit from eye screening services as a key part of their diabetes care.””

Jonathan Hildred, EMIS Care, Director of Healthcare stated:

“EMIS Care is delighted to be serving the population of Surrey and we look forward to working with NHS England and service users over the life of this contract from April 2017. Screening for diabetic eye disease works and the success of the national screening programme means diabetes is no longer the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults. Screening for diabetic retinopathy is free and takes no longer than an hour of your time each year.”

“If you are someone with diabetes please ensure you take up your annual screening invitation. If you have a friend or a family member with diabetes, please encourage them to attend their local screening service. Screening centres will be conveniently located throughout the community to ensure all receive an equitable and accessible service across Surrey.”

For more information about the Surrey Diabetic Eye Screening Programme visit: www.SURREYdesp.info