Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

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North Central London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (NCL-DESP) is the only provider of NHS specialist diabetic eye screening in North Central London, testing to check for risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. All newly diagnosed patients with diabetes should be referred to NCL-DESP as soon as possible. 

Locations for screening include:

  • St Pancras Hospital – Diabetes & Kidney Centre 
  • UCLH – Clinic F
  • Royal Free Hospital – Clinic 3
  • James Wigg Practice – Kentish Town Health Centre
  • Whittington Hospital – Clinic 3B

Eligibility criteria


  • Patients 12 years and over with a definitive diagnosis of diabetes
  • Patients under 12 years may be referred to the programme but they will not be invited for a screening appointment until after their 12th birthday.
  • If there are specific concerns about any under 12 year old children then refer to paediatric ophthalmology consultants in a hospital eye clinic.


  • Patients with results indicating Impaired glucose tolerance Patients with results indicating Impaired fasting glycaemia Patients with results indicating Gestational diabetes
  • Patient who you believe to be medically unfit

How to refer

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Referral methods: Email

Please complete referral form and send by email.

Review the screening programme protocols attached for the timely referral of patients with diabetes for eye-screening. 

e: ncl.desp@nhs.net

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