Six extra diabetic eye screening locations announced following patient engagement

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Six extra diabetic eye screening locations announced following patient engagement
12 October 2015

Following a patient engagement review of the North East Manchester Eye Screening Programme and with NHS England approval there will be an increase in the number of places to screen eyes, from six locations to 12 locations.

This change will be rolled out over the next 12 months with the extra locations to be offered at set times of the year when most patients in that area are due for screening.

The 12 areas where screening will be offered are:

Existing six clinic locations:

  • Croft Shifa Health Centre – Rochdale (all year round)
  • Rochdale Infirmary (all year round)
  • Oldham Integrated Care Centre ((all year round)
  • Royton Health and Wellbeing – Oldham (all year round)
  • Moorgate Primary Care Centre – Bury (all year round)
  • Radcliffe Primary Care Centre – Bury (for 6 months of the year)

Plus an extra 6 clinic locations in:

  • Heywood
  • Middleton
  • Saddleworth
  • Failsworth
  • Prestwich
  • Glodwick

Patients are advised to check their appointment letter to see where they are being screened as changes will begin to be seen from November 2015. Patients will be booked in to the clinic that is closest to their home address but they can always phone and change this to any one of the sites that are available.

A full list of all the sites and the times of the year when these will be available will be put on the Trust website over the course of the next few weeks once bookings have been finalised. Evening appointments will also be offered at some clinics in the very near future.

Jane Pilkington, Head of Public Health Commissioning, NHS England (Lancashire and Greater Manchester) said:

“Following a thorough review process of the future provision of the North East Manchester Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, NHS England (Lancashire and Greater Manchester) have now come to a decision.

“A formal engagement process involving stakeholders and patients identified the preferred option for the future of the service would be to offer screening across twelve screening sites.  NHS England have agreed to implement this option with site configuration beginning in early November, this will be monitored by the North East Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Board and the Greater Manchester Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Board.”

“NHS England are committed to continue and further develop service user involvement in the commissioning of this programme.”

Mr Hashmi, Clinical Lead for the North East Manchester Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and Medical Director for Ophthalmology, at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“The North East Manchester Diabetic Eye Screening Programme was keen to see an increase in the number of sites offered for screening and is pleased with the outcome of the engagement process which increases the existing six sites to 12. The changes will improve access to this vital screening service for our patients.

“The Programme will implement the increased offer of sites over the next 12 months beginning in November 2015. Additionally, listening to patient feedback, we will be building some evening sessions into the service to further improve access to and uptake of the screening offer. We look forward to continuing to work with and build on the patient networks we have established as part of this process to ensure service users are a key part of future service developments.”

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Notes to editors

The decision was based on the outcome of the review process which NHS England led and the robust engagement process which has been jointly coordinated by stakeholders and patients across the health economy.

Diabetic eye screening will be offered across twelve screening sites:

Maintaining the existing 6 sites all year around with the exception of Radcliffe;

  • Croft SHIFA NHS Centre Rochdale
  • Rochdale Infirmary
  • Moorgate Primary Care Centre, Bury
  • Radcliffe Primary Care Centre – to alternate 6 monthly between Prestwich and Radcliffe
  • Integrated Care Centre, Oldham
  • Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre, Oldham

With an additional 6 sites used for a defined period of the year based on the screening population size, in the localities of Heywood, Prestwich, Failsworth and Saddleworth, Middleton and Glodwick

NHS England supported this decision on the grounds that it provides an improved services offer for patients through:

  • Increasing access across all 3 CCG areas
  • Securing improved safety and quality
  • Ensuring the new service configuration meets patients’ needs now and in the future
  • Increasing out of hours provision at evenings and weekends