Monthly Archives: March 2019

Changes to the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Devon Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

From the 1st of April 2019, The Devon Diabetic Eye Screening Programme will be provided by Health Intelligence. Patients who use the Diabetic Eye Screening Service will be contacted to invite them in to their next screening appointment.

If you use this service, you do not need to take any specific actions.

Getting in Touch with the Devon Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

If patients have any questions about their screening appointment or screening in general, they can telephone the main Booking Office Monday to Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm (8:00am – 12noon on Saturdays) or Failsafe (9:00am – 5:00pm) if they have questions about their screening results on:

Booking Office number: 01392 241000


Failsafe number: 01392 241002

If you have any questions call 01392 241000 or check out the website

Hay Fever 2019

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast