What is an ECLO?

Eclos are vital in helping newly diagnosed eye clinic patients, their goal is to help guide patients to the help they need to maintain wellbeing and independence, they do this by

·         helping patients understand their eye condition diagnosis.

·         Giving patients time to talk through how they are feeling and how the diagnosis is impacting on their lives.

·         Liaising with eye clinic staff and North Yorkshire County Council’s Sensory Team on your behalf, to ensure that patients are receiving the help they need.

·          Providing practical and emotional support to patients on an individualised basis.

·         Providing patients with information and guidance on the next steps and other organisations which may help.

You don’t have to be a patient of Harrogate Hospital

You don’t have to be a Harrogate Hospital patient to access support, if you are new to sight loss and need some help, advice, support, information on your eye condition or are wanting to know the benefits of being registered as sight impaired, please get in touch. There are lots of things we can do to help, even if it’s just a friendly ear to listen.

Vision Support’s ECLO

Vision Support’s Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO) are Lauren Kaptain & Vanessa Camp. Lauren & Vanessa are fully trained and are very knowledgeable about the impact diagnosis and sight loss has on patients and their day to day life. Both Lauren & Vanessa have helped support many newly diagnosed people as well as people who have experienced sight loss for many years. Everyone is different, and Lauren & Vanessa are able to individualise the help they provided based on the conversations they have with patients, knowing lots of other organisations that can help too.

If you are recently diagnosed and would like to make an appointment please call 01423 565915.

Our ECLO’s run a monthly ‘New to Sight Loss’ support session, if you are interested in attending either the Harrogate or Ripon Session please get in touch.

New to Sight Loss Workshops

On Wednesday afternoons, once a month, we will be running a ‘New to Sight Loss’ Session, these sessions will offer information and advice to anyone who is recently diagnosed or recently registered as sight impaired.

This is a great opportunity to talk with the experts, gather information, advice and tips to help you maintain your independence, be confident and live life to the full.

Check out our events page to find out when the session is on next.

Vision Support Centre

At the Vision Support Centre we can offer lots of help, advice and information, we have a huge array of activities and support services to help you make life easier. Keep browsing this website to find out all the ways in which we can help if you prefer you can call in and speak to us or phone on 01423 565915.