I was a baby but the staff were lovely

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Last Saturday I was sitting in a taxicab quaking in my boots. I was on my way to the St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre in Portsmouth to have a diabetic retinopathy screening.

This means drops in the eyes to dilate the pupils so the back of the eyes can be photographed.

This is to check if high glucose levels (I’ve got Type 2 diabetes), are damaging the retina.

The worse scenario is that you can lose your sight. I know, all very dramatic folks, but then that’s diabetes.

I’m an absolute baby. I made such a fuss when the ‘stingy’ eyedrops went in. But the discomfort only lasted 10 seconds.

All the staff were very friendly and helpful and tried to put me at my ease. The treatment centre is bright and immaculately clean.

All in all, a very impressive place.