On the 1st April 2019, patients with diabetes in Devon will start to receive the diabetic eye screening programme delivered by Health Intelligence. Three current programmes; North and East Devon, Plymouth and South Devon & Torbay will be combined to be known as the “Devon Diabetic Eye Screening Programme”.
This area joins their other successful programmes in Berkshire, Dorset, East Anglia, Essex, North West London and Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Health Intelligence utilise their own unique software, Spectra, bringing a wealth of experience and innovation to programmes.
Eye screening is a key part of diabetes care to check for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it’s not detected early and treated. Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes receives an invitation to this service once a year.
Phil Kirby, Managing Director of Health Intelligence said “We are delighted to have been selected and the whole organisation is looking forward to continuing the first class service patients receive in Devon.”
Kirsty Edlin, Public Health Commissioning Manager, NHS England South West (South) said: “Regular eye screening is really important for people with diabetes. The future services will build on the commitment, hard work and professionalism current providers have demonstrated, and we look forward to seeing the programmes further develop over the whole lifetime of the contract to the benefit of local patients.”
Health Intelligence will now work closely with the current programme providers to ensure a smooth handover before they begin delivering services on 1st April 2019.