Christmas was upon us before we knew it, we spent a week staying with my parents and spending time with my family on the South Coast and as usual Eleanor was spoiled rotten! We even managed a few windy trips to the beach, one of Eleanor’s favourite places.

As soon as Christmas was over we headed back to London and booked an urgent appointment with our GP to get Eleanor her hospital referral. We visited the GP on the 30th December and he was great, he wrote an immediate referral letter and faxed it that day to Kingston Upon Thames’s Royal Eye Unit. After the new year celebrations and just three days later on the 2nd January we called the eye unit to confirm that our referral had been received and asked how long it would be before Eleanor could be seen by a specialist. By now we were really noticing the decline in her sight. We were told that our referral had been received and that it was with the consultant who priorities cases as they see fit. Tim was unhappy that things were not moving quickly enough and on the same day, made enquiries to take Eleanor to a walk in clinic at Moorfields Eye Hospital in central London. He ascertained the best time to visit was as soon as all the specialists were back from their festive breaks.