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Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Investment


Our Charitable Funds Committee have added their support to fund a Diabetic Eye Screening mobile van in Gloucestershire.

Over £51,000 of Charitable Funds from money donated to our hospitals will add to the generous £36,638 already allocated to the project from the Stroud Hospitals League of Friends to help improve the treatment provided by the Gloucestershire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme in the community.

The Gloucestershire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (GDESP) has, since its launch 15 years ago, worked to provide a cost effective, patient-centred and easily accessible service from GP surgeries. This proved popular with patients who were not able to drive after being administered dilating eye drops, however many surgeries are becoming increasingly unable to guarantee space for these clinics, not helped by the epidemic of diabetes with a rise of 1,600 people per year with the condition in Gloucestershire.

The population of people with diabetes in Gloucestershire is increasing at a rate of 7-8% each year and with it, so does demand for the service. On 1st April 2013 the GDESP active programme supported 30,492 patients in the county.

The vehicle will enable the service to continue to deliver a high quality service and screening from the vehicle offer an alternative to some GP surgeries and organisers anticipate it will enable screening of up to 10,000 patients each year.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Programme Director Professor Peter Scanlon: “We are grateful to Stroud Hospitals League of Friends and the Gloucestershire Hospitals Charitable Funds for this generous donation, which will make it easier for the service to screen a higher percentage of patients. The funds our patients, relatives and friends and family donate to our Charitable Fund enable us to provide this kind of enhanced care for our patients and we would like to thank these people for enabling us to support this project as well as the generous support from the Stroud Hospitals League of Friends without whom this would not be possible.”

The vehicle will be ordered in the near future and it is hoped we will be available to screen the first patients in the van from 1st September 2014. The van has two rooms enabling patients to be seen at more convenient locations near where they live as Stroud Hospitals League of Friends  President Dr Roy Lamb explains: The van has two rooms enabling patients to be seen at more convenient locations near to where they live as Dr Roy Lamb, President of Stroud Hospitals League of Friends explains:   “Stroud Hospitals League of Friends are delighted to have made a significant contribution to this joint venture to improve the ever increasing problem of the care of diabetic patients and their associated eye complications. 

“It was really important to us to keep the service as local to patients as possible.  The new van will make the accessibility of the retinal camera examinations so much better and thereby the improvement in the number of patients seen and thus the instigation of earlier therapy and better preservation of their vision.”