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Phil Roberts
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Missed Appointments costing The NHS over £216m a year

Each missed appointment costs the NHS an average of £30. Therefore, the total annual cost to the NHS is over £216m which would fund the annual salaries of 2,325 full time GPs or 8,424 full time community nurses, it could pay for 224,640 cataract operations or 58,320 hip replacement operations as well as 216,000 drug...
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Low Vision Patients -Feedback for Eyecare Professionals

Daniel Williams, Founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy, asked patients what they think eyecare professionals could do better for patients with sight loss to enhance their experience. Daniel has collated all the replies below to give the true voice of low vision patients sharing their thoughts, experiences and feelings.
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Guide Dog Passengers Can’t Hitch a Ride!

So, I arrive home after a busy week working away, need a taxi to get home but as usual it’s not as simple as you may think. I order an Uber, then send them a message saying I have a guide dog, they then decide to cancel the fare so I then approach a Hackney...
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Blind People In Pakistan

I faced a lot of problems in my childhood because of society's attitude towards people with disabilities. But I overcame it. I am a warrior.
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“I’m struggling to see at work”

Losing eyesight is both challenging and difficult, scary and disconcerting. Having to change the way you do things, adapting to new challenges and learn new skills can be exhausting.
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Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone podcast from #Optrafair

Our latest podcast, live from our Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone at Optrafair 2019, updates you on the success of the project to date and gets feedback from our CET workshop attendees who are now empowered to refer their patients with sight loss to the relevant support services. Click this link to listen https://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/VisualiseTC-podcast-April-2019-v2.wav With...
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Things Not To Say to a Guide Dog Owner…

Does your dog know when the man is green on the crossing?! Will it take you to the pub if you tell it to?! What a lovely blind dog you have there! You don't look blind! Enjoy these and many other hilarious comments that Guide Dog owners regularly hear!
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Eye Care and The Equality Act

Are your eye care services embracing The Equality Act? Are you doing everything you can to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access to your eye care services as people without disabilities?  What are your legal – not to mention moral – responsibilities when it comes to ensuring equality of access? Equality legislation...
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Are Blind Students Being Supported Correctly at University?

Joanne’s Experience as a Blind Student I am registered blind and require additional support to carry out my studies. When I began at university, I was contacted by a disability advisor and received a needs assessment. This was to discuss all the additional support I would require during my studies. For example, I require a...
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Opticians Armed with Knowledge to Empower Patients with Sight Loss

Following the success of the Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET roadshow which brings the optical and sight loss sectors together for the benefit of patients with low vision, Visualise Training and Consultancy, with the support of Thomas Pocklington Trust, has launched a Resource Pack for Professionals which enables opticians to easily locate and refer patients...
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