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New measures for eye care services across Wales

Following the recent announcement by Vaughan Gething, Welsh Minister for Health and Social Care, new measures for eye care services are being introduced in Wales from this month (April 2019). The new measures ensure that both new and existing patients are seen or treated within an agreed timeframe, based on their clinical condition. Measures will be based on priority and urgency of care required by each patient.

Cardiff & Vale Health Board has produced a list of frequently asked questions about the new measures which gives more information. You can read it here.


WCB welcomes continuation of SenCom service

Newport City Council has agreed to extend the Gwent SenCom service for children with sensory loss until at least 2022. The decision has been welcomed by parents, Wales Council of the Blind and other sight loss charities. Owen Williams, WCB's Director, issued the following statement:

'The sight loss sector in Wales has campaigned as a single voice against Newport’s decision to withdraw from SenCom. We are delighted that the Gwent authorities have decided to commit jointly to the continuation of the best practice SenCom regional service, until 2022.

'We will await the terms and conditions of the review and would like to see any review led by an impartial chair with no pre-determined agenda. We would like to see the chair have knowledge of SenCom and the invaluable services and support that they provide to children and young people across Gwent.

'We also hope that any review will enable proper consultation this time, so that children and their families and carers can make a meaningful contribution to the design of a specialist service that best meets their needs'.

You can read a report on the decision on the BBC website.


Latest issue of Roundup looks at sight loss and other conditions

The latest issue of WCB's Roundup is now available. The theme for this issue is sight loss which can arise from, or be complicated by, other conditions including stroke, diabetes, dementia, learning difficulties and Down's Syndrome.

We also have reports from our Regional Forum meetings, an update on Vision Support's new Community Empowerment model, and the latest from Storm, WCB's project for young adults with vision impairment.

You can read Roundup here. To read past issues of the magazine, click on the 'Roundup News' tab at the top of this screen.





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