North of Tyne & Gateshead
Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

North of Tyne & Gateshead

The North of Tyne & Gateshead diabetic eye screening programme is one of our most rural programmes.

Our new service contract began on 1 April 2016 and we are delighted to continue providing this award winning service. The programme covers the following CCGs: Gateshead, Newcastle North & East, Newcastle West, Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Patient comment of the quarter: "The location was very convenient and comfortable to attend. The staff are very helpful and keep you informed of all the procedures. Very professional and very happy to return for future visits."

NEW Service Update: Patients are set to benefit from extra weekend and evening clinics. Click here for more information.

Programme Manager

Denise Young

"Our staff are very experienced in providing the correct information and reassurances to all patients to make their appointment visit pleasant. We have worked very hard in the last few years to develop clinic locations that are equally accessible for all of our patients in our vast rural area over the next few months we look to continue this work."

Appointment

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. For more information about diabetic eye screening please visit NHS choices.

We have created a video that explains your eye screening appointment. It is split up into 6 easy sections:

Taking a history - your details will be checked to make sure the information on the system is up to date and correct.

Testing Visual Acuity - we record how good the level of your sight is. If you wear glasses for your distance vision, you will need to bring these to your appointment.

Dilation Drops – the eye drops make your pupils larger to ensure the images we capture are clear. The eye drops can cause blurriness and sensitivity to light for up to 6 hours – do not drive in this time.

Photographing The Eye – we use our camera to photograph different areas of the back of your eye.

Grading – the images taken of your eyes will be assessed after your appointment.

Results – you will usually receive your results 4 – 6 weeks after the appointment.

Appointments & Enquiries

North of Tyne & Gateshead Appointments & Booking Office

North of Tyne Gateshead DESP PO Box 847 Worcester WR4 4DW

Tel: 0333 666 0167 Fax: 01905 362 781 Email:

North of Tyne & Gateshead Screening Office

North of Tyne & Gateshead DESP Ridley House Gosforth Newcastle NE3 1DQ

Evening & Weekend Clinic Locations

Battle Hill Health Centre

Belmont Close Battlehill Wallsend NE28 9DX

EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Bedlingtonshire Medical Practice

Glebe Road Bedlington NE22 6JX

EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

David Berry Opticians *Wheelchair accessible*

Saltwell Road Gateshead NE8 4XE

Tel: 0191 477 2516 56 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Bewicke Medical Centre

51 Tynemouth Road Wallsend NE28 0AD

EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

B Braysher Optometrists * Wheelchair accessible*

23 Lower Precinct Blaydon on Tyne NE21 5BT

Tel: 0191 414 3271 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Dudley Surgery

Market Street Dudley Newcastle Upon Tyne NE23 7HR

EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Ian Hampton Graves Opticians *Wheelchair accessible*

11 High West Street Gateshead NE8 1EH

Tel: 0191 477 1357 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

James Wood Opticians

10 Morley Terrace Felling Gateshead NE10 9HJ

Tel: 0191 469 4641 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Monkseaton Health Centre

Cauldwell Avenue Monkseaton Whitley Bay NE25 9PH

EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Northumberland Park Surgery

Shiremoor Resource Centre Earsdon Road NE27 0HJ

EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

The Optometric Centre Ltd *Wheelchair accessible*

225 High Street Gateshead NE8 1AS

Tel: 0191 477 2389 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Priory Medical Practice

19 Albion Road North Shields NE29 0HT

EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Regent Medical Centre

Henry Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1DQ

EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Seaton Park Medical Centre

Norham Road Ashington NE63 0NG

EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Specsavers Opticians – Berwick

113 Marygate Berwick Upon Tweed Northumberland TD15 1BH

Tel: 01289 301 180 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Specsavers Opticians - Hexham

30 Fore Street Hexham Northumberland NE46 1LZ

Tel: 01434 600 222 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Specsavers Opticians - North Shields

The Beacon Centre 35 Bedford Street North Shields NE29 6QA

Tel: 0191 258 8220 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Stewart Eyecare

99 Front Street Whickham NE16 4JL

Tel: 0191 488 2474 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Summers Opticians *Wheelchair accessible*

407 Durham Road Low Fell Gateshead NE9 5AN

Tel: 0191 487 9464 EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Walker Medical Practice

Church Walk Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 3BS

EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE