On 1 October 2016 the East Lancashire and Preston, Chorley and South Ribble diabetic eye screening programmes are merging to create the Lancashire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.
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 (more information on this can be viewed here). Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes receives an invitation to this service once a year.
This new merge will make the following differences:
- A new central booking line will be created for making or changing appointments
- A mixed screening model where appointments will be offered at a variety of community clinics across the region with the option to attend a local Specsavers store and selected independent Optometrists
- A closed booking system that will assign appointments to patients, with the option to change appointments if necessary.
- Patients continue to have appointment letters sent to them, with the addition of the central appointments and booking line to contact for making or changing appointments. The webpage mentioned above has been created to help with any queries they may have and will be active very shortly.
Patients in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble DESP will change from an optometry based service to a mixed screening model, giving patients a choice to attend community clinics, Specsavers stores and selected independent optometrists.