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Retinal screening for diabetic patients receives a cash boost

Earlier this year, Southampton Hospital Charity offered staff at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust the chance to bid for two grants that had become available.

One successful bid was by the retinal screening team for a portable slit lamp and lenses, both of which would enhance the services for our diabetic patients. 

Elizabeth Rogers, Retinal Screener comments: “We undertake retinal screening for people with diabetes in south and west Hampshire. We have over a decade of proven success in combating the impact of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy through screening and timely referrals for treatment where necessary.

Our team were over the moon when we discovered we had received funding for both the portable slit lamp and lenses from Southampton Hospital Charity. These are welcome pieces of kit allowing us to easily check the backs of diabetic patient’s eyes to see whether any damage to the vessels has been sustained by their blood glucose levels being consistently too high. 

We bid for a Keeler PSL Portable Slit Lamp at a cost of £3,574. This equipment is crucial for patients who cannot sit forward on a traditional slip lamp due to being in a low wheelchair or neck/spinal problems. It allows us to capture their retinal images in a manner which is more comfortable for them. By having one on site allows us to screen the patients there and then, rather than being referred to the main Southampton Eye Unit.

Donations and legacies to Southampton Hospital Charity really do mean the world to all of the patients and staff, so thank you.

The old adage still holds: where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

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