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UK Health Security Agency launches service for vision impaired people taking Lateral Flow Tests

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), a part of UK Government, has announced a new app and video-call support service with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff that will help partially sighted people to take Covid 19 lateral flow tests at home.

UKHSA worked with a number of vision impairment charities including RNIB and the Pocklington Trust to develop the service, which uses the Be My Eyes app to connect people with low vision to Test and Trace staff. Additional new tools are also being introduced to make the ordering of home test kits more accessible, including instructions in braille, audio and large print and an RNIB information line providing a recorded version of the instructions. To find out more, click here.

You can read how the Pocklington Trust was involved in helping to make testing more accessible on their website, and information about the Be My Eyes app can be found here.


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