Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments

Gerald Jones MP attended RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) parliamentary reception to find out if time is running out for his constituents with conditions that can lead to sight loss

Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments.

RNIB Cymru is campaigning for patients to be seen by eye clinics in the time advised by their consultant, and for patients to keep their appointments.

Gerald Jones MP said:

“I support RNIB’s campaign to make sure people are given timely eye clinic appointments to ensure their sight can be saved. I will work with RNIB Cymru, the local Assembly Member Dawn Bowden and the Local Health Board to ensure people in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney receive their treatment on time.”

Ceri Jackson, Director of RNIB Cymru, said:

“Patients must be seen by their eye clinic within an appropriate time for their condition. No-one should lose their sight needlessly because of cancelled or delayed appointments. Follow up appointments make up the bulk of appointments in the hospital eye service and are not currently monitored.

“Of course we recognise that patients can also help by attending their eye clinic appointment and not miss or cancel them. If you find that you do have to cancel an appointment, the sooner you are able to do so will help eye clinics plan their services better.” 

Every 15 minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are here for everyone affected by sight loss – that’s over 2 million people in the UK. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem, RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk

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