The Cheshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service operates to prevent sight loss in the diabetic population caused by diabetes.
The Screening for Diabetic retinopathy is managed from 52 Optician Practice locations across Cheshire. Diabetic patients are screened every 12 months to monitor and treat sight threatening diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic Patients undergo a brief eye test followed by drops being administered and retinal photographs being taken. The retinal photographs are graded (reported on) by in house grades based at the Screening Programme base in Crewe. There are three hospital sites covering patients who require referral for diabetic pathology, Leighton, Countess of Chester and Macclesfield District General Hospital. All of these hospitals provide further assessment and treatment to diabetic patients by ophthalmologists.
The service comprises of a Clinical lead Ophthalmologist, Programme Manager Lead optician, Senior Grader and a number of Grading Technicians and Administration staff. All staff undergo specific training in order to be competent in their job role. There are also yearly Conferences and training courses for all eligible staff to attend. Both clinical lead, lead Optometrist and Senior Grader provide structured support and further training to all grades. There are also monthly MDT meetings (multi-disciplinary Team meetings). An appraisal is carried out every 12 months for all staff by the Programme Manager.
The diabetic retinopathy screening service Liaise with a number of Optometrists across Cheshire as well a number of Health Professionals, such as GP’s and Practice nurses with the sole aim of preventing early sight loss.