Screening by optometrists first started in the old St Helens & Knowsley Health Authority area in 1996 and Warrington in 1995. It was a joint initiative between the old Health Authorities and LOC along with both the eye departments and diabetic clinics.
The old schemes were revered by patients, local GPs, the diabetic clinic and eye department. An audit in St Helns & Knowsley in 1999 showed good sensitivity and specificity. A patient survey in 2001 also showed a high level of satisfaction in the service and showed that patients particularly welcomed the convenience of a service in the community.
Previously, Volk lens and SL-BIO was the modality of choice. However, to conform with NSC standards, screening is mostly carried out by digital imaging, with Slit Lamp used if the images are too poor to grade.
If you wish to know more information on diabetic screening in Central Mersey, please contact the Clinical Adviser on: firstname.lastname@example.org