Helping the blind access hospitals

A new initiative has been launched to help blind and partially-sighted patients and visitors at hospital.

The scheme involves Guide Dogs and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Volunteers at Wansbeck General Hospital have undergone ‘My Guide’ training to deliver guiding assistance to people with vision difficulties.

Lynn Hindhaugh, volunteer and charity development officer at the trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Guide Dogs and have our volunteers undergo this training.

“Our volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to thousands of patients and visitors who come into our hospitals every year.”

Mike Dooley, from Guide Dogs, said: “Guide Dogs’ aim is to ensure that blind and partially-sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

“We are delighted to be working with Northumbria Healthcare to ensure volunteers who welcome patients and visitors to hospitals are equipped to help blind and partially-sighted people.”