West Riding & Craven
Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

West Riding & Craven

The West Riding & Craven diabetic eye screening programme screens people for diabetic retinopathy. This page offers general information to people with diabetes about how to book a diabetic eye screening appointment and what will happen at their diabetic eye screening appointment.

To comply with Government mandated social distancing measures we will be seeing patients in smaller numbers in clinics. Please be assured that all NPS staff will be wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g. disposable face masks, gloves, aprons, face shields, which will vary depending on your clinic location and will be ensuring that cameras and chairs are sterilised between patients.

Patients may be asked to wait in their cars before their appointment is due with their chaperone to reduce traffic in the waiting area. Only the patient will be allowed inside the building unless chaperoned.

All patients and their chaperones are required to wear their own face covering when attending entering and throughout their visit to the screening venue.

If you  are calling to cancel your appointment and live in an area that is currently in lockdown you are still able to attend your appointment as long as you are symptom free and are wearing the appropriate face covering.

Diabetic eye screening services are merging together to run as a larger unified programme. On 1 April 2017, the Bradford & Airedale, Calderdale & South Kirklees Diabetic Eye Screening Programmes (DESP) and the Craven area of the North Yorkshire & York DESP are merged to create the West Riding & Craven Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.

This is a continuation of the existing programmes as a larger single diabetic screening programme maintaining and sharing the best care practices from each region to ensure you have a consistently high quality of care.

Programme Manager

John Fox


Eye screening is a key part of diabetes care to check for diabetic retinopathy a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not detected early and treated. All diabetic patients in the UK aged 12 and over should have an annual screening appointment. For more information about diabetic eye screening please visit NHS choices.

Your screening appointment in 6 easy steps:

Taking a history - your details will be checked to make sure the information on the system is up to date and correct.

Testing Visual Acuity - we record how good the level of your sight is. If you wear glasses for your distance vision, you will need to bring these to your appointment.

Dilation Drops – the eye drops make your pupils larger to ensure the images we capture are clear. The eye drops can cause blurriness and sensitivity to light for up to 6 hours – do not drive in this time.

Photographing The Eye – we use our camera to photograph different areas of the back of your eye.

Grading – the images taken of your eyes will be assessed after your appointment.

Results – you will usually receive your results 4 – 6 weeks after the appointment.



Appointments & Enquiries

West Riding & Craven DESP Appointment & Booking Office

NPS Care 1 Kings Court Business Park Charles Hastings Way, Worcester Worcestershire WR5 1JR

Tel: 01274 396 900 Fax: 01274 396 888 Email: