Redcar MP Ian Swales visited the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at the James Cook University Hospital on 6 June to learn more about the vital role ECLOs play in supporting people who have been diagnosed with sight loss.
During the visit, Mr Swales spoke with the ECLO, Cathie Burke about her role providing practical and emotional support to people who have been newly diagnosed with an eye condition. Mr Swales also had the opportunity to talk to patients Christine Lutkin and Peter Dobson, both of whom have been diagnosed with sight loss, about their experiences and how they have benefitted from the service.
Christine told Mr Swales: “I think it's so confusing when you first hear the news. You don't really know what to ask. I knew I could not see a lot but until I was actually told that my sight was going I could not get to grips with it. I felt very nervous. Cathie helped me a lot.”
Mr Swales told us: "I was pleased to find out more about the brilliant work that Eye Clinic Liaison Officers carry out. They provide essential support to people who have been newly diagnosed and don’t know where to turn. I have recently experienced a rare eye condition myself and I am pleased to know that services like this one are out there with the appropriate support and knowledge.”
Thank you to Ian Swales MP for visiting the service and supporting our ‘Being there’ campaign.