Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has met with Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) at Singleton Hospital to hear first-hand about the vital work that they do.
Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs), work closely with medical and nursing staff in the eye clinic, and the sensory team in social services. They provide people who have been recently diagnosed with an eye condition with the practical and emotional support they need to understand their diagnosis, deal with their sight loss and maintain their independence.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “To find that you eyesight is deteriorating, or to experience sight loss, can be extremely frightening - and it’s better not to face it alone. ECLOs are key in helping patients understand the impact of their diagnosis and providing them with emotional and practical support for the next steps at what can be a traumatic and uncertain time.”
ECLOs, also known as Sight Loss Advisers or Vision Support Officers, are one of the most effective ways of supporting patients in eye clinics, working alongside eye sight professionals, to provide a more holistic approach.