NHS diabetic eye screening programme
Our team consists of a programme manager, an ophthalmologist,
optometrists, retinal screeners/graders and administrative staff
who are all nationally accredited.
Services operate across County Durham and Darlington and are
held in varying venues providing patients with care as close to
their home as possible.
The first point of contact for our patients is our dedicated
appointment staff who can offer and amend appointments at all
locations and offer times suitable to patient needs.
Our dedicated telephone appointment booking line is
The aim the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is to reduce
the risk of sight loss for people with diabetes, by the prompt
identification and effective treatment of sight threatening
diabetic retinopathy, at the appropriate stage during the disease
process. Systematic screening involves digital photography of
the retina followed by a two - or three - stage image grading
process to identify the changes of sight-threatening diabetic
retinopathy in the retina.
This service is available to people with diabetes over the age
of 12 throughout County Durham and Darlington (patients in East
Durham and Easington receive their treatment from another NHS
provider) and is administered from Doctor Piper House, King Street,
Darlington, clinics throughout Durham Dales, Derwentside, Durham
& Chester le Street and Sedgefield localities.
Patients are contacted by letter to attend for Diabetic Eye
Screening. Diabetic Eye Screening DOES NOT replace regular vision
checks with an Optometrist (Ophthalmic Optician), who should also
be seen by patients for regular eye examinations relating to
provision of spectacles.
How can diabetic eye screening help?
Diabetic retinopathy is due to damage associated with the blood
vessels supplying the retina, the 'seeing' part of the eye, which,
if left untreated will cause serious deterioration in the acuteness
of vision. Diabetic retinopathy is the single most common cause of
blindness among people aged between 16 and 64 in Great Britain.
The Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is a national screening
service available for all members of the public aged 12 and over
who have diabetes.
The aim of the programme is to detect retinopathy at an early
stage so treatment can be given which can avoid future
complications or blindness.
Appointment line contact number
Tel: 01325 746294
Opening hours for appointment bookings
8.30am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday
County Durham & Darlington Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
is based at Doctor Piper House in Darlington where the
administration department is located.
Diabetic eye screening takes place at the following
Doctor Piper House via Entrance 'C', King Street.
Stanley Primary Care Centre
Shotley Bridge Community Hospital
Chester le Street Community Hospital
Durham & Chester le Street
University Hospital of North Durham - Eye Department
Bishop Auckland Hospital - Ward 9
Richardson Community Hospital - Barnard Castle
Willington Health Centre
Weardale Community Hospital - Stanhope
Pioneering Care Centre, Cobblers Hall - N Aycliffe
Sedgefield Community Hospital
Clinic days and times
Clinics run across all sites on varying weekdays throughout the
month with the first appointment of the day at 8.40am and the last
appointment at 4pm. Appointments usually last for 30 to 40
minutes and require the administration of eye drops the effects of
which may last up to six hours before your vision returns to
normal. You must not drive until you are confident your
vision has returned to normal, to do so before your vision has
recovered may invalidate your motor insurance cover.
How do people access the service?
Referrals are received from your General Practitioner as soon as
you have been diagnosed with diabetes regardless of age.
Referrals received for those under the age of 12 are held until
their twelfth birthday when an initial appointment is then
Contact details -
to book or change
appointments and for general
Telephone: 01325 746
Should you require any further
information please refer to http://diabeticeye.screening.nhs.uk/public
County Durham and Darlington NHS Diabetic Eye Screening
Kevin J Garrigan
Mr Saju Thomas
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital