It’s a well-known fact that young people’s engagement with diabetic eye screening could be better. Here's a fascinating account of how one area has been driving up screening attendance.
Helen Bone has managed the Sunderland and South Tyneside Retinal Screening Service since 2002 when it was purely a stand-alone eye screening service. She has worked her whole career in the NHS, starting out in GP practice before spending 11 years working at Sunderland Eye Infirmary and then joining the diabetic screening programme. She has seen many changes in healthcare over the years and has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of planning and introducing a brand new diabetic service for the patients of South Tyneside.
Hello screening colleagues. My name is Helen Bone and I am programme manager and safe care lead for the Sunderland and South Tyneside Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.