The Central Mersey Diabetes Eye Screening programme covers each of the 4 boroughs within the area of the LOC: Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington. The service is now administered by NEC Care, commissioned by the Cheshire & Mersey regional team of NHS England.
Earlier this year, NEC terminated the contracts for Optical contractors to provide screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in the programme. Local opticians have been screening in this area for up to 28 years, so the LOC expressed it’s strong dissatisfaction with this decision to NHS England. Screening will now be provided by NEC staff at community NHS sites in each borough, so there will be less options available for patients to attend. NEC also provide programme management and administration, as well as Image and Slit Lamp grading, with 4 local optometrists involved.
NB The LOC no longer has any involvement with the eye screening programme and are unable to book appointments for diabetes eye screening. For all queries regarding screening, please ring the Screening Office on 0151 495 5100