Last week, there was a debate on eye care in Parliament, and Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden Siobhain McDonagh brought attention to the NHS Special Eye Care Service and the challenges faced by those with learning difficulties not having access to eye care.
"Parents and special schools have praised the scheme, because school is a familiar place for children and the service is also cost effective for the NHS.
It is one solution to many of the problems in eye care: it helps to get children out of hospital services, and it addresses health inequalities for this patient group for just tens of pounds.
In 2015, I visited my local school for children with severe special needs, Perseid School in Morden—an all-through school for three to 18-year-olds led by the inspirational headteacher Tina Harvey, who retires after 20 years in July. I thank her on behalf of all her pupils and families and our entire community for her tireless and brilliant work in her school, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted". MP Siobhain McDonagh
We are extremely grateful for the attention Siobhan brought to the NHS Special Eye Care Service and for the kind words about our Executive Headteacher.