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RD&E invests in training for blind and partially sighted patients and visitors

 

The RD&E has invested in its volunteers and staff with specialist training from Guide Dogs* so that blind and partially sighted patients and visitors can be safely guided around the hospital

 

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Volunteers lead Jackie Perry said, “Our volunteers and staff provide crucial support and care the moment someone walks through the door here at RD&E. This training will add to their skills in providing high quality guiding services to those that need it most.”


Sighted Guide Ambassador and trainer Neil Howe said: “The course aimed to provide the hospital volunteers with the skills they needed to safely and comfortably guide blind and partially sighted people in various situations. It also covered the practical and emotional consequences of sight loss and provided the team with the opportunity to practice what they had learnt. The course was developed with a number of other organisations working with blind and partially sighted people.”

* Guide Dogs is the UK organisation formerly known as The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association


Pictured are RD&E hospital volunteers, some wearing eye masks to simulate loss of vision, during training with Guide Dogs.

 

 

 

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