Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (R3) referrals from the digital diabetic retinopathy screening program: Urgency of appointment in the hospital eye service achieved and needed?

The English National Screening Programme has set standards regarding referral patients who present with proliferative diabetic retinopathy at screening. These standards include:

  • A minimum standard of 60% <2 weeks and 95% <4 weeks for time between notification of positive test and consultation.
  • A minimum standard of 90% <2 weeks for time between listing and first laser treatment, following screening, if listed at first visit.
  • A minimum standard of 70% <2 weeks for time between screening encounter and first laser treatment, if listed at first visit to hospital eye service following screening.

The purpose of the audit is to assess the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients identified with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) referred from the screening program to the hospital eye services (HES).

By Prashant Amrelia