Every effort is made to run screening clinics from venues close to where you live to make getting to your appointment as easy as possible. Sometimes, however, we are not able to run clinics from your local GP and you will be asked to go to another place within the area, such as a larger health centre or community hospital.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, due to the increased risk of infection to people with diabetes and staff, we are unable to return to many of the local GP surgeries we used before the pandemic. This means you may not get offered an appointment at your usual venue. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and be assured that the new venue will be the closest we can offer, and will have more choice of appointment dates and times and be near to bus routes from many localities.
Please see below for other travel options to get to your appointment.
We recommend you do not drive to your eye screening appointment as your pupils will be dilated to enable us to take photographs of the back of the eye, and this causes blurred vision for up to 6 hours afterwards. If you cannot use public transport and have no friends or family available to bring you, you may be able to arrange for volunteer transport.
Follow the links below to see what's available in
Northwest Ambulance Transport (NWAS) Numbers
Patients can contact the following number to see if they are eligible to book ambulance transport to appointments:
Merseyside/Widnes/Runcorn : 0800 032 3240 (Northwest Regional Ambulance Service)
Warrington/Cheshire: 0345 425 0050 – option 1 (Northwest Regional Ambulance Service)
Please note, only patients who have a medical need for transport and meet the eligibility criteria will be able to access the service
If the patient is not eligible for ambulance transport services they can try:
St Helens Community Transport: 01744 22221
Warrington Community Transport: 01925 419977
Dial a ride Warrington: 01925 419988
Wigan and District Community Transport: 01942 768811
Please note that the listed organisations are independent transport providers and not associated with NWAS. They may charge for transport.