Guide Dogs in GP comms initiative

Guide Dogs has created a campaign to persuade GPs to revamp their methods of communication with visually impaired patients.

Next month the charity will lay out minimum standards and guidelines for

GPs to highlight the problems guide-dog owners encounter when visiting their local health centre.

It wants all healthcare staff to receive regular training on how to provide support for disabled patients, and to ensure all signage and correspondence is in a format that blind or partially sighted people can read.

‘The use of technology in waiting rooms, such as digital signs, has created new barriers for visually impaired patients,’ said Guide Dogs media and special projects manager Chris Dyson.

‘We want to encourage guide-dog owners to liaise with doctors,’ he added.

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