Diabetic Retinal Screening team supports World Sight Day

11-10-19 Diabetic Retinal Screening team supports World Sight Day
l-r Andrew Gray, Louise Buick-Clark, Dave Mitchell, Samantha Creamer and Gary Henderson from the Diabetic Retinal Screening team

The NHS Tayside Diabetic Retinal Screening team supported World Sight Day on Thursday 10 October with an awareness stand at Ninewells Hospital.

The team used the annual awareness day to introduce their new Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

The service provides screenings to diabetic patients over the age of 12 to detect any referable diabetic eye disease which can be treated at an early stage.

Programme manager Samantha Creamer said, “Although we are a small team, we look after around 26,000 patients in Tayside. I am proud to work with such a dedicated team, who are keen to move this service forward by using social media to communicate as much as possible.

“These platforms will help us communicate with patients, including about where we are visiting in the next few months, what cancellations are available, changes to the screening service, what a test result means, news about retinal screening and just anything that would be of interest to patients, carers or relatives.”

The team has two clinic rooms, one based in the Strathmore Diabetes Centre in Ninewells Hospital and the other in Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI). In addition, the team has two vans with mobile equipment for fundus photography, which is when images are captured by a special camera and then later assessed by the grading team. The vans travel to locations across Angus and Perth & Kinross to reach patients in outlying areas.

Slit lamp clinics, which is an instant assessment of the patient using slit lamp equipment and special magnifying lenses, are held in Ninewells, PRI, Stracathro, Arbroath, Montrose and Whitehills Community Care Centre in Forfar.

You can find the team on social media:

  • Twitter: @diabeticeyescreeningnhstayside
  • Facebook: NHS Tayside Diabetic Eye Screening Tayside
  • Instagram: @diabeticeyescreeningnhstayside


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