Implementing failsafe mechanisms in retinopathy screening at Homerton Hospital

Summary

The biggest challenge facing most diabetes eye screening programmes is that patients are not screened because of a lack of communication between different areas of the care pathway.

The National Screening Committee’s External Quality Audit recommended that Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s diabetes eye screening service should introduce failsafe mechanisms to ensure better identification of patients in need of retinopathy screening.

Challenge

To ensure patients would not be left unscreened by the programme due to organisational oversight and to ensure the care pathway was robust, leading to improved uptake of diabetes eye screening. 

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