North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme established

The new North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (NWL DESP) was established on 2nd November 2015.  It will take over from the following six existing Programmes:

  • Brent DESP
  • Ealing, Hounslow & Kingston DESP (Kingston patients will now be managed by the new South West London DESP)
  • Hammersmith & Fulham DESP
  • Harrow DESP
  • Hillingdon DESP
  • Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster DESP 


All patients aged 12 and over, with a diagnosis of diabetes will be referred by their GP Practice to the diabetic eye screening programme. This is the best way to ensure that the risk of losing your sight to diabetic retinopathy is managed. Patients who have had bariatric surgery or no longer show the symptoms of diabetes should still attend for screening.

For patients referred to the programme by their General Practice, the programme is responsible for inviting, screening, grading & referring to the Hospital Eye Services as required. Patients will be invited by letter 6-4 weeks before to an appointment at their nearest venue. If the time or date is not convenient or maybe a venue closer to work is better, then they can contact the Bookings Office to change their appointment.

To change an appointment or speak to someone about the screening process, ring our Bookings Office on 020 8099 1122 (Mondays – Friday 8.30am – 5pm). Alternatively patients can email

The programme website,, has lots of information that can help inform patients, has a list of screening venues and patients can quickly and easily feedback and interact with the programme

There are also social media pages, which will keep patients up to date with the programme:


For more information about diabetes, please visit the NHS Choices website

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