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Diabetes - retinopathy

The service helps people with diabetes (Type II and Type I) by providing dietary and lifestyle advice  to help control blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood fats, help patients lose weight if they need to and help you to prevent diabetes complications

Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Group Education sessions ‘Right Start’ for patients with type 2 Diabetes are run by the dietitian, podiatrist and specialist diabetes nurse. These are held in Ealing Town Hall, Greenford Methodist Centre, Southall Broadway Health Centre. The sessions at Featherstone Road clinic are held in Punjabi. Patients can self refer.

 
Diabetic retinopathy screening service

 

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Some people with diabetes develop a complication affecting the eyes called retinopathy.  This is damage to the back of the eye (the retina) and can lead to reduced vision and even blindness.  The damage does not always affect the sight until a much later stage, when it can be very difficult to treat effectively.  Regular screening can detect diabetic eye changes sooner, when treatment is more successful. Without regular screening diabetic eye changes may not be picked up early enough for successful treatment.

 

Your appointment

Every diabetic patient should receive an invitation to the screening programme once a year. During the appointment a photograph of the back of the eye is taken with a digital camera. In order to take high quality photographs, you will need to have your pupils enlarged using drops. The appointment will last approximately 45 minutes.

 

Screening clinics

Currently, screening clinics are available at the following sites;

  • The Broadway Centre, 71 - 73 The Broadway, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 1LA
  • Greenford Green Centre, Wadham Gardens, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 0BP
  • Acton Town Medical Centre, 122 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton, London W3 9BA
  • Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3HW

 

Results

The results of your test will be sent to you within two-four weeks following your appointment. If you need further treatment, you will automatically be referred to the Moorfields Eye Hospital clinic which is based at Ealing Hospital. The hospital will send you an appointment letter for this.

 

Do I still need to visit my optician?

Diabetic eye screening is different to the annual sight test that you have with your optician. Even if you receive appointments from the service to attend for screening, you should still visit your optician for a sight check every year.

 

Contact details

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the service or are concerned that you have not received an appointment for screening, please contact the screening office:

 

DRSS, (rear of Hillview Surgery), 179a Bilton Road, Greenford
UB6 7HQ

Tel: 020 3313 6070; Fax : 020 3313 6077; Email: ehk.drss@nhs.net

Key Info

Contact:

DRSS
(rear of Hillview Surgery)
179a Bilton Road, Greenford
UB6 7HQ

Tel: 020 3313 6070
Email: ehk.drss@nhs.net

Associated documents

Useful website

For information on diabetes, including latest research, treatment, fundraising and healthy recipes for diabetics, click on the following link: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

 

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