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Regular screening for diabetic retinopathy is important if you have diabetes.

Referral for screening

Your GP or healthcare professional can refer you for diabetic retina screening by calling freephone 1800 45 45 55.

Posting your registration form

You can fill in a registration form online.

You will need to:

  1. fill in your details on the online form
  2. print a copy of the form and take it along to your GP to sign
  3. send the signed form to our freepost address

Freepost address

Diabetic RetinaScreen


PO Box 328

North City DSU


If you're already on our register

Your details may already be on the Diabetic RetinaScreen register. If they are, you may get a letter in the post inviting you to consent to the programme.

Your contact details

DiabeticRetina Screen has a list of people with diagnosed diabetes. This information comes from national health schemes.

These schemes include the:

Your personal information

We need to collect and store some of your personal information to help deliver our programme.

This information includes your:

  • name
  • address
  • phone number
  • date of birth
  • PPS number
  • diabetic retina screening history

Your diabetic retina screening history can include any screening results you have had with us. It also includes any treatments you may have had.

But if you have had a screening test as a private patient, we will not hold this information. We are also unable to access any information or results of tests you have had as a private patient.

What we do with your information

Giving consent means you allow Diabetic RetinaScreen to receive, hold and use your personal details and information about your diabetic retinopathy screening test. This information may include past and future digital images of your retina and your results.

The information will be shared within the HSE, including:

  • Diabetic RetinaScreen
  • your GP
  • the photographer who took the images of your eyes
  • graders who assess the images
  • the ophthalmology clinic
  • the National Diabetes Programme

It may also be used to support research to improve local and global management of diabetic eye disease.

General Data Protected Regulation (GDPR)

Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), we keep your personal details and health records safe and confidential at all times. You will have full and open access to your personal information and diabetic retina screening records. You can ask us for these at any time.

Accessing your health records


You can opt out of the screening programme at any time by calling freephone 1800 45 45 55. If you change your mind at a later date you can simply ring again and ask to be put back on the list.

Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020
Next review due: 18 November 2023