GP surgeries book the Eye-Screening Service for a full or half day.
GPs then make appointments for all their patients who would benefit.
On the day patients - three at a time - go into the mobile unit.
They are given eye drops and, while these settle into the eyes, details are checked.
The photographer takes two pictures of each eye, giving the best views to spot problems.
Back at base the photographs are screened.
Photographs showing potential problems go to the ophthalmologist for analysis.
GPs receive the results of all their patients who are screened and are alerted to those who need to see an eye specialist.
The Paula Carr Trust also distribute free blood monitoring meters to GP's and practices and diabetes specialist nurses who can then give them to patients who will benefit from them.
It is entirely possible you are using a meter donated by The Paula Carr Trust.
The Paula Carr Trust was created in 1989 in memory of Paula, a girl who spent her young life in Willesborough and was diagnosed diabetic at the age of nine in 1984. She learned how to cope with insulin injections and to effectively manage her blood sugar levels. Sadly she died in April 1988.
There are Paula Carr Diabetes Care Centres in Ashford and Maidstone, where general advice on diet and managing diabetes is available.
In addition to the Eye-Screening Service and providing free blood glucose meters, the Trust has also carried out a population screening programme for diabetes. Of the 27,000 people screened in Kent, hundreds were found to have diabetes and are now having treatment and leading lifestyles that will help them avoid serious complications.
Whilst the Paula Carr Trust works very successfully in partnership with NHS organisations in Kent, it does depend on charitable donations. The latest appeal is to raise £100,000 for new digital equipment and cameras for the Eye-Screening Service.
Charitable donations and bequests can be sent to:
The Paula Carr Charitable Trust,
The Paula Carr Diabetes Care Centre,
William Harvey Hospital,
Kent TN24 0LZ
The Paula Carr Trust Contact Info:
Main 01233 616 047
Eye Screening 01233 651 886
Fax 01233 616 049