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Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm

Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices

 

NHS England and NHS Improvement recently issued a National Patient Safety Alert relating to the risk of harm to babies and children from batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices. If they are swallowed or inserted into nostrils/ear canals they can cause serious injury. While the alert targets NHS organisations, it is important that all organisations that provide hearing aids and hearing aid batteries take action to prevent this risk of harm.

While this won’t directly affect Local Engagement services it is important to be aware of the risks batteries can pose, especially to babies and young children, but also people with additional risk factors such as those with a significant learning disability, dementia or other cognitive or sensory impairment. Everyone who wears hearing aids should keep their battery supply in a secure location especially if they live with or care for any people who are more at risk of harm from batteries. If any service users are particularly concerned, they should be advised to contact their audiologist to discuss secure battery compartments. These can only be opened with specific tools and prevent unintended access to a hearing aid battery while it is in a hearing aid.

National Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm to babies and children from button batteries in hearing aids

Annual General Meeting

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People

The Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People are holding their Annual General Meeting in November. We would like to invite you to attend the meeting.

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People AGM will be held on
Thursday 21st November 2019
at: 7pm
where:
The Centre
St Mary’s Street
Leeds
LS9 7DP

Please find attached our Membership Application Form and the Trustee Application Form.
There is a closing date for trustee applicants of Friday 8th November.

Membership Application Form

Trustee Application Form

Final Accounts 2019

Universal Credit Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Meetings for all Benefits

  • IS – Income Support
  • JSA – Jobseekers Allowance
  • ESA – Employment and Support Allowance
  • WTC – Working Tax Credit
  • CTC – Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Date: Thursday 10th October

Time: Afternoon: 2pm till 3:30pm  – Evening: 7pm till 8:30pm

Venue:  Leeds Deaf Centre, St Marys Street, Leeds LS9 8DP

Sheffield Deaf Advice Team will give a talk about

Universal Credit and also give 1-2-1 advice

 

How to find us

Click here to view map on Google
We have finally moved into our new home at St Mary’s Street
We are open for booking medical appointments.
When we are fully open we will announce it here.

How to get there by Bus
16, 49, 50 & 50A.

Entrance to the new Centre and an image of the entrance intercom
When you arrive either by car or on foot, please press the blue light button (See Image above) on the intercom system to ring the office to let them know you are waiting.
The office will let you in.
It’s roughly a 22 minute walk from the train station, please follow the route below:

 

 

UK national eye health and hearing study: case for investment

6 August 2019
Source: UKNEHS

UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues

A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs.

It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by partial sight loss, and this is expected to rise to 2.4 million by 2024. The number affected by hearing loss is estimated at 11 million, and this is also rising.

These issues cost the UK economy £58billion in total every year. This takes into account, medical costs, for example falls and fractures caused by visual impairment, an increased risk of dementia due to hearing loss, service costs, and reduced employment. Around 50 per cent of all sight loss is believed to be preventable.

Researchers and charities have now come together to campaign for the first ever UK National Eye-health and Hearing Study (UKNEHS). The data generated by a detailed survey will help cut the cost to the economy and better inform policy makers and service providers, with a focus on prevention.

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Executive Board of the UKNEHS said “The UK has not invested effectively in collecting population data for vision and hearing loss. The UKNEHS is of vital importance to current and future generations if we are serious about providing quality, evidence-based services in these areas.”

The case for investment, published today by Vision UK, which works with organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, outlines the details of the study. It would see 25,000 participants undergo an eye and hearing examination and complete a standardised general questionnaire.

Lord Colin Low, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, stated: “If the UK is serious about reducing the levels of preventable visual impairment and hearing loss, then we must have the data that the UKNEHS will provide.

“If we don’t fund this kind of research we are saying that we accept that people living in the UK will lose their vision and hearing due to preventable causes, and that it is OK for them to live with hearing and vision loss that is treatable.”

The study will determine the prevalence and causes of vision impairment, blindness and hearing loss in the UK population aged 50 and over.

The study will also measure the detection and treatment coverage rate of major eye diseases and associated conditions, such as diabetes, in order to understand the effectiveness of current services.

Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chief Investigator of the UKNEHS, said: “Growing demand from an ageing population and increasing incidence of long-term conditions will exacerbate existing issues in the system. However, policy makers are completely in the dark about the scale of the problem because no comprehensive survey has ever been done in this country.

“Other countries across the world regularly survey their populations, allowing them to make informed decisions about care and treatment, identify trends and take action.

“We know the costs – to the NHS and the UK economy – of these issues runs into the tens of billions of pounds every year, so it is imperative that we understand more about our eye and hearing health, so that we can better address people’s needs and reduce costs.”

The UKNEHS brings together a number of partners including ARU, The Thomas Pocklington Trust, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists.

The report has been submitted to the UK Government. The UKNEHS needs the public to ask their MPs to support the project – e-mail contact@UKNEHS.org.uk to find out how.

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Notes to Editors
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For more press information please contact:
Jon Green on t: 01245 68 4717, e: jon.green@anglia.ac.uk
Jamie Forsyth on t: 01245 68 4716, e: jamie.forsyth@anglia.ac.uk