Heading: Local Information for Bolton practitioners
Bolton CCG contact details:
St Peters House
Diabetic Retinopathy screening
A community based retinal camera screening scheme operates in the Bolton area.
Patients with diabetes should be regularly screened and be encouraged to attend their screening. However, it needs to be reinforced that this does not replace the need for regular eye examinations as they can be more prone to ocular complications.
If patients are not under regular screening review, the patients GP should be informed.
Non sight threatening (R1 and R2) retinopathy does not require referral. Information on screening programmes and details and examples of the grading criteria are linked from the Confederation Practitioner Information Page
Referral decisions will depend on whether the patient has been seen for regular screening or is already under the HES. It will also depend on the time since the last screening or examination along with any history and symptoms. Again, please avoid referring patients unnecessarily to the hospital when they are already being seen or the retinopathy has already been identified.