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WCB supports call for more Rehabilitation Officers for Vision Impairment

A rehabilitation officer for vision impairment (ROVI) can transform the life of a person with sight loss, although there currently are not enough people providing this vital service in Wales. WCB estimates that at least 45 ROVIs are needed, but currently only 34 are in post, meaning that access to a ROVI is something of a postcode lottery.

We are supporting RNIB Cymru’s Manifesto for the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Election this May. This calls for the next Welsh Government to take action to address five key issues affecting vision impaired people:

RNIB Cymru has prepared a template letter which you can use to contact your Senedd representative asking them to commit to these actions. You can complete it online here.

If you think a ROVI could help you, you should contact your Local Authority in the first instance. If you're struggling to access rehabilitation we'd like to hear from you. Feel free to contact Wales Council of the Blind on 02920 473 954.


Covid vaccine: Over 70s asked to call Welsh NHS for jab

If you live in Wales and are in the top priority groups for vaccination - over 70 years of age, clinically extremely vulnerable, or an NHS or social care worker - please get in touch with your Local Health Board if you haven’t had your vaccine yet.

For more information, visit the website of your Local Health Board:

There is also a summary of the current situation on the Welsh Government website.


Diabetic Eye Screening to resume in Wales

Diabetic Eye Screening Wales (DESW) has advised that, following the pause in screening services due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they are inviting people for screening again. They have provided the following information:

Remember:

To stop the spread of coronavirus do not attend for screening if you have symptoms of coronavirus, have recently tested positive, or have been advised to quarantine or self-isolate. The symptoms of coronavirus are one or more of the following: new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of or change to your normal sense of smell or taste.'

For more information about DESW, click here.





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