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: