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Diabetes and pregnancy

It is important that you are screened more often if you are pregnant. You are at more risk of serious eye problems during your pregnancy if you were diagnosed with diabetes before you become pregnant.

You'll be offered screening soon after your first antenatal clinic visit and again around 28 weeks of pregnancy.

If early stages of retinopathy are found at the first screening, you'll also be offered another screening test between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.

If serious retinopathy is found at any screening, you'll be referred to an eye specialist at your local hospital.

Gestational diabetes

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes we will not need to screen you for diabetic eye disease.

For more information visit the Screening tests for you and your baby pages at GOV.UK

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Royal College of Nursing members at our Trust are taking part in strike action Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February from 7.00am to 8.00pm. This will impact services at our hospitals.

If you are due to attend an appointment and we haven't already contacted you, please come as planned.

On days where there is strike action, patients should only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk).