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Diabetes Jersey welcomes HCS initiative regarding retinal testing and will meet the cost of two new retinal cameras

Posted on February 26, 2019

Diabetes Jersey welcomes the Health and Community Services review of the systems and processes of the diabetic retinopathy screening program and the potential benefits this will bring to people in Jersey with diabetes.

"For a considerable time Diabetes Jersey has been concerned at the low level of performance for this particular element of HCS diabetes care and we are obviously pleased that our concerns have, at last, been acted upon” says Bill O’Brien, chairman of Diabetes Jersey’s management committee.

“What HCS are planning will reduce dramatically the waiting time for a retinal test. Furthermore, having ensured the charity that they will be used appropriately, serviced and maintained. Diabetes Jersey is funding the provision of two new portable specialist retinal cameras at a cost to the charity of £35,000.”

There are currently around 4,500 people in Jersey with diabetes, ten per cent of those being Type 1 whose treatment demands several insulin injections every day.

“This is a significant step forward”, says Mr O’Brien, “And Diabetes Jersey will continue to push for improvements to the level of care provided to everyone with diabetes and there are a number of other issues we have with HCS and Social Security will hopefully come to a similar beneficial conclusion."

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