World Sight Day at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

NHSGGC is celebrating World Sight Day on Thursday 10th October - with the help of some four-legged friends!

Staff and patients at the QEUH will have the chance to meet specially trained assistance dogs and learn about their role. The Equality & Human Rights Team will also be on hand to talk about our Assistance Dog Policy and what it means for our visually impaired patients and visitors.

Guide Dog Scotland will be just one of the organisations who will be helping us raise awareness of the issues facing visually impaired people. Visibility Scotland and the RNIB will also be using practical aids to help people understand the experience of visual impairment.

“It’s important to understand that people with a visual impairment will vary in how much they can see and in how much assistance they need,” said Jackie Fairweather of the Equality & Human Rights Team. “We have produced guidelines and tip cards for staff which cover issues ranging from communication to assistance at appointments. It’s really useful information and we’re hoping staff and visitors at the QEUH will come along and chat to us and of course meet the lovely dogs!”

The team will be on the ground floor of the QEUH, near the Bute lifts, on Thursday 10th October from 10.30pm to 2.30pm.

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