Retinopathy review welcomed by Diabetes UK

Screening for diabetic retinopathy will be updated to revise its quality assurance standards, a move welcomed by charity Diabetes UK.

The English National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy (ENSPDR) has revised its set of criteria and measures that assure quality of screening. These include targets for participation and referral for those with retinopathy.

Stakeholders have been invited to comment on the proposed standards until 24 January.

Gavin Terry, healthcare policy manager at Diabetes UK, said the charity would be pleased to see improvements to the service. ‘Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the UK's working age population but serious sight problems can be prevented if retinopathy is caught early and treated appropriately.'

He added: ‘We welcome any developments that will improve this service for the benefit of people with diabetes. In turn, we would urge people with diabetes to make every effort to attend their appointment when invited.’

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