Diabetes and eye
August 2006 - Diabetes UK and RNIB Focus on Eyes campaign -
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in South Birmingham
Earlier this year, Diabetes UK and the RNIB contacted me
regarding their Focus on Eyes campaign to highlight the need for comprehensive
retinopathy screening for all people with diabetes. As
a result, I wrote to South Birmingham Primary Care Trust about their screening
performance. Rick Roberts, the Chief Executive
of the PCT replied stating that they were placing a high priority on promoting the uptake
of screening in South Birmingham between December 2005 to date, with a significant
improvement. The latest results submitted in
April 2006 show percentage screens have risen from 57.5% to 69% during a period when the
number of people with diabletes and eligible for screening has increased by 4.2% in the
South Birmingham PCT population.
Mr Roberts explained that the PCT is implementing a digital
screening programme which should go live in primary care by October 2006 (and for
secondary care this was due to go live in July of this year), to improve the quality of
screening for patients.
I would like to encourage
all constituents with diabetes to check with their GP about eye screening.