All patients diagnosed with Diabetes should be registered to attend the Diabetes Eye Screening Programme. If a patient refuses to be part of the national eye screening programme, they may choose to be examined privately by an optometrist of their own choosing.
GOS Regs state that diabetic eye screening is not considered to be part of a GOS Sight Test. GOS recalls for diabetic pxs have recently been clarified in the College of Optometrists Guidelines for Professional Conduct. Automatic annual GOS review is no longer considered appropriate, and payment may be contested following an NHS audit.
Please contact the Hummingbird Centre if you have any questions regarding attendance or any clinical concerns.
Clinical Manager - Andrew James ( Mon to Fri 8.30 - 4.30)
Shropshire Diabetes Eye Screening Programme
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Telephone: 01743 261257
Fax: 01743 261657
Before referring any diabetic patient back into the HES medical retina clinic, please ring the Hummingbird Centre to discuss your findings.
After performing a GOS sight test on a diabetic patient, it is no longer mandatory to inform the GP of your findings. The examining optometrist does have a duty to ensure that the patient is under a DESP (Diabetic Eye Screening Programme) and to establish when the last screening took place.