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
Houghton Primary Care Centre
Pallion Health Centre
Monkwearmouth Health Centre
Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre
Flagg Court Primary Care Centre
The Glen Primary Care Centre
Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
Off King George Road
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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