RNIB receives funding boost

By IW Observer.co.uk May 12, 2022

A Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) service has received a funding boost from Simplyhealth, a provider of health financing solutions, meaning that the Isle of Wight eye care liaison officer (ECLO) service, based in St Mary’s Hospital, has been extended from part-time to full-time.

RNIB Head of Eye Care and Confident Living, Carolyn Chamberlain, said: “Receiving a sight loss diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience. ECLOs provide a vital service and ensure those patients who need help get tailored advice and support at a time when they need it the most.”

Laura Gooljar, RNIB ECLO at St Mary’s Hospital, said: “My role is about reassuring the patient that they’re not alone and helping them get the right support and information in a timely manner to enable them to remain independent.”

ECLOs form part of RNIB’s Sight Loss advice service, which provides practical and emotional support over the phone, face-to-face at many hospital eye clinics, or through online information.