Electronic Referral Pilot Scheme

A pilot scheme on electronic referral was carried out for 10 weeks in the Southern Health Trust Area in May/June/July.  A total of ten practices participated having been selected at random, to represent a range of practice profiles including independent and multiples.  High resolution images of the patient’s retina were encrypted and sent to the hospital ophthalmology department by secure data transfer.  The image was then assessed by an ophthalmologist and a decision taken as to whether a hospital appointment is necessary