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Welcome to the NHS Highland Diabetes Pages


In the diabetes section of the website you will find information about diabetes, how to prevent it and how to manage it.  We have also included links to other websites that you may find useful.


People with diabetes using this site will find the Understanding diabetes and Living with diabetes sections useful with plenty of downloadable information sheets and links to other helpful websites such the national diabetes information website


Contact details for the Diabetes Specialist Team can be accessed by clicking here

Please remember that if you return to this website on a later date you should delete old Internet Explorer temporary files.  Otherwise when downloading a document you may find you do not get the latest version. 

FeedbackIf you have any comments, views or questions about the content of these diabetes pages or any aspects of the diabetes services in NHS Highland then please click on the feedback link on the left.  When leaving your feedback please make sure that you include Diabetes in the subject title.


Eye Screening Clinics and Areas Covered

Along with screening at the Diabetic Centre in the Centre for Health Science Building, Inverness; the diabetic retinopathy screening service also provides outreach clinics serving the following areas:

Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Badenoch and Strathspey, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and three practices within the Cowall & Bute area (Lochgoilhead, Tignabruaich and Rothesay). An outreach screening service is also currently being provided on the Isle of Islay.

The latest schedule for screening clinics is available at the link below:

DRS Rota to March 2018.pdf

If you would like to arrange an appointment for your eye screening in one of our locations listed, please contact the patient booking service team at Raigmore Hospital on 0800 5877198 (freephone from landline numbers), and they will be happy to help you.

In the Argyll & Bute area, the eye screening programme has teamed up with high street optometrist practices where available to provide the first stage photography part of the screening examination.  A list of the participating practices are available at the link below. 

 ABute Area Optometrist List.pdf

For more detailed information on the diabetic eye screening service click here to visit the department site online.


NHS Highland Diabetes Managed Clinical Network

The Network is responsible for providing expert advice to the Senior Management Team of NHS Highland by identifying the clinical priorities for the improvement or development of Diabetes care across NHS Highland as well as identifying areas of concern.  It is the Network that keeps these pages up to date.

The Network will monitor quality of care delivered across NHS Highland against agreed standards as be aware of current developments in drugs, treatments and technologies.

The network is responsible to the Medical Director and the Director of Public Health


Getting Involved

The network includes people with diabetes and clinicians on it’s groups.  If you are a patient or carer for someone with diabetes and would like to be included in this process then please get in contact with us via the following email and we will field your query:  


Links with other groups

Currently the network has close links with the Inverness and District Diabetes UK group, and we would welcome other interested local groups in the NHS Highland area also becoming involved.  If you are part of a group who would like to become involved in the work of the MCN then please contact Lisa Steele using the e-mail address above.


NHS Highland Diabetes Quarterly Returns

In 2016, the Scottish Government introduced new reporting templates for diabetes services.  Each report is compiled quarterly from data within the SCI Diabetes system and reflects diabetes services as a whole throughout the Highland region, encompassing Argyll & Bute.   It should be noted that the statistical data is highly dependent on access to this system throughout the region and will depend on input at individual level within the whole range of clinical settings.  For this reason, the focus in on service improvement behind each measurement area, rather than numeric data alone within the report.  Discussions and review in connection with the report take place at local level within the various diabetes teams.

You can view a graphical version of the last report compiled below:Q2 Graph Illustration.pdf 


Newsletter Archives

NHS Highland Diabetes MCN Newsletter October 16.pdf 



Two online modules on offer at Lews Castle College, Stornoway on Diabetes SCQF level 8 and SCQF level 10 - flyer 

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