Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

MSP congratulates health board professionals for surpassing national screening targets

14 May 2010

Marlyn Glen MSP is congratulating NHS Tayside health professionals on exceeding the national target set in the latest year for screening those with diabetes for eye-related conditions.

Responses to her Parliamentary questions indicated that 83 per cent of those in Tayside who are eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening were screened between April 2009 and March 2010.

This accounted for 12,894 people in Tayside aged 12 or over.

The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) standard is that 80% of people who are eligible are screened within each twelve month period.

494 people aged 12 and over with diabetes in Tayside were referred to ophthalmology as a result of the screening in the latest year.

There were in the NHS Tayside area in the latest year 15,590 people aged 12 and over eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening.

Ms. Glen said,

“Screening for diabetic retinopathy is a cost-effective programme.

” The rapid rise in the numbers with diabetes, which carries the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, is now a major health concern.”

Parliamentary Questions 
Diabetes
Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside were referred to ophthalmology as a result of diabetic retinopathy screening in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by Shona Robison :During the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, 494 people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside were referred to ophthalmology as a result of diabetic retinopathy screening.

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside who were eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening were (a) offered an appointment for screening and (b) screened in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by Shona RobisonThe diabetic retinopathy screening programme in NHS Tayside has robust processes in place to ensure that all people who are eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening are offered regular appointments.

Invitations to attend for diabetic retinopathy screening were sent out to 17,355 people during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 in NHS Tayside. The number of invitations issued is higher than the number of people eligible for screening, due to people who did not attend appointments being invited again and to the fact that some people with diabetes require to be screened more than once a year.

Twelve thousand, eight hundred and ninety-four people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside who were eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening were screened during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. This represents 83% of those eligible. The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) standard is that 80% of people who are eligible are screened within each twelve month period.

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated number was of people aged over 12 with diabetes in NHS Tayside eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by Shona Robison :During the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 there were 15,590 people aged over 12 with diabetes in NHS Tayside who were eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening. This figure excludes those people who were suspended by their GP from the diabetic retinopathy screening programme for clinical reasons, and people under the care of an ophthalmologist.

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