Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan, visited the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Leicester Royal Infirmary on 18 February to learn more about the vital role of an ECLO.
During the visit, Ms Morgan spoke with the ECLO of 13 years, Naomi Bell about the nature of her role and the vital support that she provides people with when they are diagnosed as losing their sight. Naomi is funded by Vista, the local society, and proactively searches through an average of 300 patient records a day to track down people that may need practical and emotional support after being diagnosed.
Ms Morgan was able to understand how having an ECLO present in an eye clinic can free up the time of consultants, signpost people to services they require to continue to live safely and independently and provide a friendly face at a very difficult time.
Nicky Morgan said: "I really enjoyed the visit and learnt a great deal about the brilliant work that ECLOs carry out at the eye clinics. It's a service which provides essential support to people who have been newly diagnosed and don't know where to turn."
Tags Campaigning, East midlands, Sight loss advisers