Save our sight news
Essex Volunteer Campaign Leader Phil Lee attended a Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) over three days at Colchester Hospital in April in order to assess how the environment supports patients’ privacy and dignity, food, cleanliness and general building maintenance.
Over the past few months a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England have announced plans to stop using NICE approved treatments for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration. We've been campaigning hard to prevent this happening and are delighted that our pressure has paid off.
Campaigners in Sunderland and South Tyneside voiced their concerns about support for people who lose their sight, how to prevent sight loss and the accessibility of health services at eye health engagement events at the beginning of March.
We continue to call for the Secretary of State for Health to instruct the UK regulators (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to review the use of Avastin for use in the eye. We believe this should happen before any Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) decide to use Avastin to treat eye conditions.
Mike Tupper is a volunteer campaigner in the North West. With PLACE assessments just kicking off; he shared his thoughts and experiences of PLACE and why you should get involved.