RNIB to launch new self-advocacy campaign at RCOphth annual conference

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Attendees of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ (RCOphth) annual congress are invited to join RNIB on the evening of 24 May for the launch of a new initiative aimed at helping patients understand the importance of having timely follow-up appointments.

RNIB’s Campaigns team will be hosting a 15-minute consultation from 18.15 – 18.30 where delegates will hear about a new joint project between RNIB, RCOphth, Macular Society and International Glaucoma Association. The organisations are encouraging patients to inform their eye department if their appointment is delayed beyond the timeframe requested by their doctor. 
The consultation will be opened by a high profile speaker, followed by a short video and a discussion about how RNIB can help clinicians now and in the future. 
The event will also showcase the work RNIB is doing with ophthalmologists across the UK to help secure the best care for patients. For example, in 2015, RNIB worked with ophthalmologists, the MP Richard Bacon, Healthwatch Norfolk and the Local Optical Committee to overturn a ban on second eye cataract surgery in South Norfolk. 
RNIB staff will be available to answer any questions about the campaign or to discuss specific issues until 19.30. 
The event will take place after the College’s drinks at 18.15 – 18.30 on 24 May 2016, in Executive Room 7 at The International Convention Centre
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