Staffordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is part of the National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.


What is diabetic retinopathy?

This condition occurs when diabetes affects small blood vessels, damaging the part of the eye called the retina. It can cause the blood vessels in the retina to leak or become blocked. This can affect your sight.

Why should I be screened?

Diabetic eye screening is important as it helps to prevent sight loss. As someone with diabetes, your eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. Screening can detect the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision.


Why is screening important?

Eye screening is a key part of your diabetes care. Untreated diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss. When the condition is caught early, treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage to your sight. Remember, diabetic eye screening is not covered as part of your normal eye examination with an optician. Screening does not look for other eye conditions and you should continue to visit your optician regularly for an eye examination as well. (Public Health England NHS Screening Programmes)

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Our team

We have a dedicated team comprising of a Clinical Lead (specialist doctor) who assures the quality aspects of the programme, two Specialist Optometrists who see patients in our specialist pathway, a programme manager, service manager, nine administrators who will assist patients with their enquiries from our Service Management Centre in Stafford and will coordinate all appointments and correspondence, as well as a team of 16 screeners and graders delivering the service across the county.

We work closely with local GPs and Hospital Eye Service colleagues to ensure timely referral and treatment for those requiring Hospital Eye Care.

A change in the future delivery of your screening test: Important information 

The Staffordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is changing the way screening will be delivered to you. Instead of being delivered by high-street opticians, you will be able to attend one of many dedicated clinics spread across the county. Screening will continue to be delivered to the highest standard of quality and care, and further improved with better access to screening venues. The Staffordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme will also be using ‘in house’ screening and grading specialists to better manage your diabetic eye care. This will now mean:

  • A fairer spread of screening venues, which have been chosen to improve access for all people with diabetes across Staffordshire, with good transport links and availability.
  • Clinic locations will be regularly reviewed to ensure that the locations are fairly spread across the county, giving everyone equal access. In house staff are specialists in diabetic eye disease, and fully trained to national requirements in order to ensure your care is in safe hands.
  • In house staff training ensures that there is consistency in every aspect of screening for all people with diabetes across the county, and local and national requirements are monitored on a regular basis.
  • You will receive one-to-one support when attending screening, and the dedicated screening staff can answer any questions you may have regarding your diabetic eye care.
  • In house grading allows quick decisions to be made in the case of urgent referrals, and direct referrals can be made where necessary, meaning safer care pathways.

Once this change is fully operational you will receive an appointment, you will have the opportunity to change this if required to choose the best screening site for you (see Diabetic Eye Screening Locations or Slit Lamp Screening Locations). Provisions to call the service to re-arrange appointments are in place.

Please note that you will still need to attend regularly for an eye test with an optician of your own choosing for your general eye health needs and spectacle prescription checks.

We will consider your feedback as we review clinic locations and other arrangements for this new way of delivering the service. 

You can contact us by telephone: 01785 783283

Who needs Diabetic Eye Screening?

The service invites all people with diabetes from age 12 years to attend for an annual diabetic eye screening test, and for those who need a more advanced examination, we provide a Slit Lamp and Digital Surveillance screening service or referral to an Ophthalmology Department.  You may need to be screened more frequently if you are pregnant.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Screening Contact Details

The Bridge
Crooked Bridge Road

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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR


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0300 790 7000
(staffed 24 hours a day, every day)

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