From 1st April next year, patients with diabetes in Southampton, North and West Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight will start to receive the diabetic eye screening programme delivered by Health Intelligence, it has been announced.
The new programme will combine with the current Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Programme to be known as the ‘Hampshire and Isle of Wight Diabetic Eye Screening Programme’.
The Island will join Health Intelligence’s other successful programmes in East Anglia, Essex and North West London, along with the neighbouring Portsmouth & South East Hampshire programme. 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 Hampshire and Isle of Wight.”
Nikki Osborne, Head of Public Health, NHS England South (Wessex) said:
“We are extremely pleased that Health Intelligence will be providing diabetic eye screening services across the whole of Hampshire and Dorset. Health Intelligence has a track record of excellence in diabetic eye screening and we are confident that their service will benefit people with diabetes in our area.”
Health Intelligence will now work closely with the current programme providers to ensure a smooth handover before they begin delivering services on 1st April 2017.