New ECLO position funded at St Thomas’ Hospital

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Thursday, 28 July 2016
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Blind and partially sighted patients will be offered the specialist support through the newly appointed Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) Emma Griffiths.
Emma has been appointed to the Eye Department at St Thomas’ Hospital, funded by Action for Blind People, to support patients who have recently been diagnosed or have existing sight loss.

ECLOs, also known as Sight Loss Advisers, work alongside health professionals, offering help and advice on a range of areas including independent living, returning to work, benefit entitlements, offering advice on coping at home, and emotional support.

Mikki Kavanagh, Action for Blind People’s Area Operations Manager for the South, said: “It can be an overwhelming experience to be told you are going to lose your sight. That feeling is compounded if people have to deal with it alone. ECLOs provide much needed information, advice and guidance and we are pleased to be working with St Thomas’ Hospital to provide the ECLO service.”

Liz Tomlin, Head Orthoptist and Eye Team Leader at Guy’s and St Thomas’ said: “Emma’s work will make a real difference to our patients and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team at Guy’s and St Thomas’.”

RNIB and Action for Blind People are calling for every eye department in the UK to have access to an ECLO.

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