Welsh Government's new care plan to cut sight loss
- 18 Sep
The Welsh government are concerned that people are losing their sight due to diagnosis and treatment coming too late.
In Wales nearly 100,000 people have sight loss problems and it is expected that that number could double by 2050, reports the BBC.
Due to this the Welsh government have created an eye care delivery plan, which they say is pioneering. The Royal National Institute of Blind People has said that they hope it will mean fewer people suffered with preventable problems.
Figures show that around 75% of sight loss occurs in people over the age of 65 and that there are worries sight problems will only get older as the population continues to age.
The plan has set out a range of commitments:
- Annual eye tests for children in special schools and regular eye tests for elderly people in care homes.
- Treatment should be given closer to home.
- Skills of opticians should be made better use of to reduce the number of unnecessary referrals to hospital.
- It also aims to improve the range of services among optometry practises and will be monitored by a task group to ensure targets are met.
Ceri Jackson, RNIB Cymru director says that the problem was compounded because when people were diagnosed they did not always receive treatment fast enough.
"Sadly, we do hear of people who do lose their sight who are registered blind or partially sighted because they have not been seen in the time they when should be seen," she said.
"What I hope this plan will do is place more emphasis and priority around joining up those services across primary and secondary care so we do make sure people don't lose their sight unnecessarily."
Launching the new plan, Mark Drakerford, Health Minister, says that estimates suggest that in half the cases reported complete sight loss could have been prevented.
Mr Drakeford said: "With cases of sight lost set to increase by 22% by 2020 and double by 2050 due to the ageing population, we have to act now. We need to ensure more people have regular sight tests and that eye health problems are detected early. People need to know where they can access services, care and support in their local area and also be assured they will have rapid access to services and support when they need it."
Mr Drakeford believes the plan will ensure services were in place to prevent and treat problems around eye sight.
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/907271
- 25 May
CARE HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY IN ENGLAND
Almost three fourth of 372 care homes rated inadequate in 2014 and still operating have improved.205 care homes have improved from a low rating to requiring improvement, 68 are now rated good and 99...
- 24 May
NHS ADJUSTMENTS TO BUDGET CUTS
NHS trusts which have been previously rated good or outstanding will not be inspected as frequently as before, but those rated as inadequate will be regularly visited by the CQC.The Guardian reports...
- 19 Mar
Government to inspect if housing can reduce NHS costs
In the Budget document the government have said it's looking at the ‘cost-effectiveness of options to integrate spending around some of the most vulnerable groups of people.' This includes...
- 15 Oct
End of life patients are lacking support
The charity has found that almost 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups do not provide round the clock telephone helplines, reports the BBC.Guidelines say there should be 24-hour telephone...
- 15 Sep
Social care is being limited due to council cuts
ADASS are warning that cuts are making the care system "unsustainable" with charities saying hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help, even though the government says councils have...
- 17 Jul
Young people should not be placed in B&Bs says MPs
The Commons Education Select Committee has said that B&B accommodation is "threatening and frightening" and should only be used in emergency situations reports the BBC.MPs say that young people...
- 16 Jul
Special measures system designed to improve failing care homes
A scheme similar to special measures of hospitals will be introduced for care homes and home care agencies next year, ministers will say, reports the BBC.This will cover 25,000 services and could...
- 14 Jul
Research says that one in three Alzheimer's cases can be prevented
The research says that the main risk factors of Alzheimer's is lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education, reports the BBC. Alzheimer's Research UK said age was still the biggest risk...
- 10 Jul
NHS boss says those with vulnerabilities need joint health and care budget
Simon Stevens wants to see older people, those with disabilities and people with serious mental health problems given joint pots from the NHS and council-run social care services, reports the...
- 17 Jun
Council falters in reviewing autistic man’s care plan
According to Community Care:"The ruling was made by the Local Government Ombudsman after the man's mother complained that his physical and mental health deteriorated in the two-year period after...
Support Solutions 5th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference 2014 The Social and Financial return seminar was very helpful, helped me think about our approach to bidding, negotiating for funding and keeping hold of what we have! The New Technology seminar was really an eye opener- really got me thinking about potential applications for older people. P.M - Four Housing