Our Services

Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

The Programme exists to screen the eyes of patients who have diabetes and live in the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas.  Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition whereby blood vessels at the back of the eye can become weakened and then leak which can potentially cause serious visual problems if left undetected.

The Programme screens the eyes of patients by capturing high quality digital photographs which are then graded by specialist staff.  Those patients found to have complications at the back of the eye are referred into the local Hospital Eye Services for a more detailed assessment and possibly treatment.  If treatment is required it is delivered by laser which has been proven very effective in controlling eye disease provided it is applied very soon after diagnosis which is why annual screening is so important.  More recently the service has been expanded to also include a diabetic foot screening assessment for all patients. 

Where is the service provided from?

Retinal Screening clinics are delivered each week at the following locations:

The Galleries Health Centre
Town Centre
NE38 7NQ

Houghton Primary Care Centre
Brinkburn Crescent

Pallion Health Centre
Hylton Road

Monkwearmouth Health Centre
Dundas Street

Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre
Grindon Lane

Flagg Court Primary Care Centre
Dale Street
South Shields
NE33 2LX

The Glen Primary Care Centre
Glen Street
NE31 1NU

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
Off King George Road
South Shields
NE34 8PP


Contact details

Referral into the programme is via your GP.  The contact details for the Programme are as follows:

By Phone: (0191) 4192430

(Lines are open between 9am and 4pm)

By e-mail: diabeticscreening@sotw.nhs.uk

By SMS Text: Text the word “EYE” followed by any message to 07797870440

The Retinal Screening Team 

The Screening Programme is delivered by the following staff

1 x Programme Manager

7 x Retinal Screeners

7 x Clinical Assistants

6 x Administrative Team

The Programme is also supported by hospital consultant ophthalmologists and optometrists.

Additional Information

Clinics are held on most days of the week across all sites listed above with some evening appointments available for patients who need to attend outside of normal office hours.  Screening does not take place on weekends or Bank Holidays.  New patient clinics are held for those patients who have only recently been diagnosed with diabetes and therefore require more support or education.


Locations for Diabetic Eye Screening Programme in South Tyneside:

Flagg Court Primary Care Centre, South Shields, 0191 283 2000

The Glen Primary Care Centre, Hebburn, 0191 283 2250

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields, 0191 455 4621

Locations for Diabetic Eye Screening Programme in Sunderland:

The Galleries Health Centre, Washington, 0191 502 6967

Houghton Primary Care Centre, Houghton-le-Spring, 0191 502 5660

Pallion Health Centre, Sunderland, 0191 502 6424

Monkwearmouth Health Centre, Sunderland, 0191 502 7300

Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre, Sunderland, 0191 525 2300