Coronavirus: Stay at home

Health information and advice to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Diabetic RetinaScreen - The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme restarted in July 2020

We are sending screening invitations to eligible people, in line with programme prioritisation. We are inviting people who are:

  • overdue a screening appointment because they were due during the paused period
  • now due a screening appointment
  • have become eligible for their first eye screening test
  • have joined the programme since March 2020.

Because screening was paused in mid-March, it will take us some months to catch up. New measures to keep you and our staff safe mean that we will not be able to screen as many people each day as in the past. We plan to do the following before offering you an appointment:

  • contact you by phone to check you are well and wish to attend screening
  • send you a letter with your screening appointment date and time
  • call you before your appointment to check that you are still well and plan to come for screening.

Please bear with us and wait for us to call you to organise your appointment. If you have questions you can contact Diabetic RetinaScreen on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

When you go for your screening test

Although your Diabetic RetinaScreen test will be the same, it may seem a little different when you go for your next screening appointment. Our clinics have been working hard to make changes to keep you safe when you go for your appointment. These changes include:

  • having a talk over the phone with your screener before your appointment
  • coming into the building for your appointment on your own
  • your screener wearing some personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • being asked to wait outside until it is time for your appointment
  • fewer people in your clinic building
  • asking you to wear a face mask (we can provide you with a mask if you do not have one)
  • having to wait a little longer for your appointment.

Because of this, we advise you to:

  • bring your mobile phone with you, in case we need to contact you before you come into the clinic
  • do your best to organise childcare, where needed, before your appointment
  • organise a lift home, ideally with someone from your own household
  • bring warm clothes and/or a rain jacket in case you have to spend time outside waiting to be called into the clinic for your appointment
  • bring your own pen to sign the screening form.

We will send you an information leaflet about these changes, along with your appointment letter.

We always ask that you are given a lift to your appointment because you cannot drive after receiving your eye drops. However, because of COVID-19 restrictions, only you can enter the building.

If you need someone to help you into the building, please let us know so we can prepare for this.

A safe restart

The recommencement of screening is underpinned by the assumption that there will be no worsening of the COVID-19 situation; that restrictions will continue to ease, and that all key conditions remain safe for clients and staff.

Screening will look different when we restart. In order to ensure a safe restart we will be taking measures to protect both clients and staff, and monitoring the restart to ensure their continuing safety. For this reason, we will be unable to screen the same number of people per clinic as we did pre-COVID-19. We will continue to follow Public Health guidelines and will adapt our planning accordingly. The health and safety of our clients continues to be our top priority at this time.

Managing symptoms

If you have any concerns about your eyes or your sight it is important to contact your GP, eye doctor, or your optician.

If you require any further information, or have any other queries, please contact Diabetic RetinaScreen on Freephone: 1800 45 45 55, or see other information on this website - www.diabeticretinascreen.ie

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Diabetic RetinaScreen
Is cuid den tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála é Diabetic RetinaScreen Diabetic Retina Screen is part of the National Screening Service
Bosca Oifig Phoist 2 PO Box 2
Saorghlao 1800 45 45 55 Freephone 1800 45 45 55
   

Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive in Ireland. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.