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Vision Series – Episode 5: Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

NCBI’s Vision Series Informational videos have released the final episode. It focuses on our ECLO – Eye Clinic Liaison Officer service which are based in acute hospital settings. This video demonstrates the value of supporting patients from the point of diagnosis onwards. This is by working in partnership with the consultant ophthalmologists, a comprehensive wrap around so support is available.

NCBI Head of Advocacy and Communications spoke about it.

June Tinsley said: “Often when a person is diagnosed with a sight loss condition, it is overwhelming and confusing. That’s where ECLOs step in. They are there at the point of diagnosis to listen, explain and reassure people dealing with their sight loss. They also connect them with essential community-based services offered by NCBI, Fighting Blindness, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and Child Vision. This is so they can get any emotional, practical and technological support they require.”

This service started in 2019. NCBI has two ECLOs employed to cover patient support in four Dublin hospitals. These include The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear, CHI at Temple Street, Crumlin Children’s Hospital in addition to Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

NCBI is keen to see this service available in other acute hospitals around Ireland in the near future. It is proactively in dialogue with the HSE to make this a reality. Therefore all patients, irrespective of where they live, should have access to this vital support.

This series of videos, kindly sponsored by Novartis, is an ideal way to enhance understanding of how NCBI services can support individuals, families, and professionals who work with people who are blind or vision impaired.

The videos so far span the following themes:

  1. Guide for Optometrists
  2. Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  3. Neurological Vision Impairment (sight loss arising from a stroke)
  4. Independent Safe Travel for Children and Young People
  5. ECLO – Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

All videos will be available on the NCBI YouTube channel, while the new video, ECLO – Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, is available HERE

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