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Call to improve service to visually impaired people

THOUSANDS of visually impaired people throughout the province could benefit from a new report recommending an improvement in services.

THOUSANDS of visually impaired people throughout the province could benefit from a new report recommending an improvement in services.

The study, Review of Health and Social Services for People aged 18 to 65 with a Visual Impairment, urged the following measures be implemented:Initial contact with new clients should take place within 7 working days of diagnosis of certifiable visual impairment;Health and Social Services Boards should explore the further development of low vision outreach services;Boards and Trusts should develop partnerships with the voluntary sector in the provision of services to meet the holistic needs of people with a visual impairment; andCommissioners and providers of services should enter into partnerships with clients, carers and voluntary organisations in the development of services plans.

The recommendations were welcomed by the new Health Minister Ms Bairbre de Brun.

She said: "It is important that the best practice and social inclusion set out in this report are taken on board by everyone."


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