Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (DESP)

If you see a patient who you

  • think may have an eye condition due to their diabetes.
  • have been asked to refer by an optometrist as they have seen diabetic eye changes.
  • are not sure if they are under the screening team or new to the area or newly diagnosed.

and you are wanting to refer them – please note that all patients with diagnosed diabetes (type 1 and type 2) will automatically be picked up by the local DESP from 6-monthly extracts from all GP practice systems. You do not need to make a referral, any referrals received will be returned.

If you are still unsure (e.g. if the patient is not registered with a local GP practice) and would like further guidance as to whether a referral is required or not, please contact Devon DESP on 01392 241000

Publication date: March 2022

Last updated: 29-04-2022


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