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Diabetic Eye Screening Survey


NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme aims to reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. This is done by identifying everyone with diabetes (either Type 1 or Type 2) who is 12 years of age and over and inviting them for screening once a year. The screening involves taking a photograph of the back of the eye with a digital camera.

Invitations for screening are triggered by GP coding of patient illness within a patients record. Patients should expect to be invited within 6-8 weeks of first diagnosis. it is highly recommended that patients attend at least the first initial screening/assessment in order to be fully informed about the risks of retinopathy and the benefits of the screening programme.

Diabetic eye screening within Greater Manchester is currently delivered by four programmes. In some areas other services (such as diabetic foot screening) are offered at the same time as the eye screening.

  • South Manchester (delivered by Salford Royal Foundation Trust).  North, Central and South Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop. Delivered via an optometrist-led model.
  • Bolton (delivered by Bolton Foundation Trust). Responsible for the Bolton area. Community based (clinic) model.
  • Pennine (delivered by Pennine Acute Hospital Foundation Trust). Responsible for the Bury, Oldham and Rochdale areas. Community based (clinic) model.
  • Wigan (delivered by Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh Foundation Trust). Responsible for the Wigan MBC population. Community based (clinic) model.

Healthwatch in Greater Manchester are helping NHS England to find out what people think about diabetic eye screening.

If you are diabetic we’d be grateful if you would take 10 minutes to respond to this questionnaire.

You can access the survey at the link provided below:


The survey will be open until 14th May 2017.

If you require a paper copy of this survey, please contact us on 0161 622 5700 or email admin@healthwatcholdham.co.uk


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