Eye screening is a key part of diabetes care to check for diabetic retinopathy a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not detected early and treated. All diabetic patients in the UK aged 12 and over should have an annual screening appointment.
This latest initiative is focussing on local college and university students with diabetes to make accessing eye screening very easy. The project is utilising the local teams’ effective social media network to share these messages in the online university community. The programme will also be distributing educational leaflets and wallet size reminder cards to community groups to maximise the initiatives reach.
The local team has also arranged meetings with local influencers in universities and colleges to explain how students with diabetes studying away from home will be referred into the service to receive eye screening.
Susan Morpeth, Deputy Programme Manager of North of Tyne & Gateshead Diabetic Eye Screening said: