Glaucoma Support groups

Our patient glaucoma support group model is based on recommendations from the NICE Glaucoma Guidelines published in 2009 and followed up with the NICE Glaucoma Management Quality Standards two years later which recommend that a support group should be initiated by each hospital. The concept of these groups is to allow patients to meet their health care professionals in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the time restricted atmosphere on outpatients, so the condition and treatment can be discussed in more depth. It does require the presence of at least one of your local health care professionals whether it be an ophthalmologist, an optometrist or an ophthalmic nurse.

What our patients think about our support groups:

"Informative. It was good to ask questions."          

"I have been coming to the clinic for 20 years & have learnt so much today that I didn’t know. Wish I could have heard this, years ago."

"Very informative, especially about using eye drops."

Find a glaucoma patient support group near you. This is a list of confirmed meeting dates – we will add more dates here as they are arranged, so remember to check back if there is nothing near you just now.

To find out if there is a glaucoma support group in your area please call us on 01233 64 81 70 or email: info@iga.org.uk

AreaOrganised byVenueTimeDateContact nameContact number
Derbyshire Cavendish Hospital Buxton Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Buxton SK17 6HX 1.30pm to 3.30pm 31 March 2017 Norma Ayres 01298 21 28 50
Bristol Bristol Eye Hospital Bristol Eye Hospital, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LX 10.30am to 12.30pm 3rd April 2017 Laura Kirby 0117 34 29 097
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 7th April 2017 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
Scotland Queen Margaret Hospital Common Room, Education Centre, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline 2.00pm to 4.00pm 7th April 2017 Shirley Miller 01383 62 36 23 or smiller1@nhs.net
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Hospital The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton, Milton Keynes 6.00pm to 8.00pm 7th April 2017 Jill Kimber 01908 99 55 23
Cambridgeshire Addenbrooke's Hospital The Hexagon, Frank Lee Centre, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ 10.30am to 12.30pm 20th April 2017 Deborah Jankowski or Penny Glass 01223 27 48 89
Scotland St. John's Hospital Education Centre, St. John's Hospital, Livingston, West Lothian 2.00pm to 4.00pm 21st April 2017 Christina Thom christina.thom@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Wales Royal Glamorgan Hospital Glaucoma Patient Forum, Postgraduate Centre, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ynys Maerdy, Llantrisant CF72 8XR 2.00pm to 4.00pm 4th May 2017 Susan Brooks 07884 36 28 34
Devon North Devon Hospital Glaucoma Group Park Hotel, Barnstaple EX32 9AE 10.30am to 12.30pm 8th May 2017 Karl Whittaker 01271 34 91 28
Essex Southend Hospital Education Centre, Southend Hospital, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 0RY 2.30pm to 4.30pm 11th May 2017   01702 43 55 55 ext 8390
West Lancashire Southport & West Lancashire Support Group Royal Clifton Hotel, Windsor II, The Promenade, Southport 2.30pm 17th May 2017 Pam Ladlow 01772 81 36 15
Devon Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital The Rowe Hall, The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT 2.00pm to 4.00pm 19th May 2017  Rachel Jacks 01392 40 60 45 
Wales Singleton Hospital The Langland Room, School of Medicine, Singleton Hospital, Swansea SA2 8QA 11.30am to 1.00pm 2nd June 2017 Susan Neale 01792 20 03 90
Worcestershire Worcestershire Royal Hospital Charles Hastings Way, Worcester WR5 1DD 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6th June 2017 Sara Ruck 01905 76 33 33 ext 33379
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 14th June 2017 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
East Sussex Conquest Hospital Bexhill Health Centre, Hollier's Hill, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2DZ 10.00am to 12.00pm 19th June 2017 Huma Thomas 01424 75 52 55 ext 8742
West Lancashire Southport & West Lancashire Support Group Royal Clifton Hotel, Windsor II, The Promenade, Southport 2.30pm 19th July 2017 Pam Ladlow 01772 81 36 15
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 11th August 2017 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
West Lancashire Southport & West Lancashire Support Group Royal Clifton Hotel, Windsor II, The Promenade, Southport 2.30pm 20th September 2017 Pam Ladlow 01772 81 36 15
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 1.00am to 1.00pm 13th October 2017 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
Gloucestershire Gloucester Glaucoma Group Redwood Education Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN 2.00pm to 4.00pm 20th October 2017    
West Lancashire Southport & West Lancashire Support Group Royal Clifton Hotel, Windsor II, The Promenade, Southport 2.30pm 22nd November 2017 Pam Ladlow 01772 81 36 15
Wales Singleton Hospital The Langland Room, School of Medicine, Singleton Hospital, Swansea SA2 8QA 1.30pm to 3.00pm 6th December 2017 Susan Neale 01792 20 03 90
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 8th December 2017 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
Gloucestershire Gloucester Glaucoma Group Redwood Education Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN 2.00pm to 4.00pm 2nd March 2018    
Gloucestershire Gloucester Glaucoma Group Redwood Education Centre, Gloucestershire ROyal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN 2.00pm to 4.00pm 12 October 2018    
Dorset Royal Hospital Bournemouth Royal Hospital Bournemouth Varies Held every three to four months Peter Clark and Jackie Spence 01202 72 60 36
Manchester Manchester Glaucoma Wellbeing Group Henshaws, near to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground tram stop 12.00pm to 3.00pm Second Monday of every month (except August) Adrian Brooks 0161 87 21 234

 

Below is a full list of all support groups organised around the country. If you have any questions about this list, or you are aware of a support group in your area that isn't included, please contact Sightline on 01233 64 81 70 or email info@iga.org.uk

AreaOrganised byContact NameContact Number
Bristol Bristol Eye Hospital Laura Kirby 0117 34 23 974
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Hospital Jill Kimber 01908 99 55 23
Cambridgeshire Addenbrookes Hospital Deborah Jankowski 01223 24 51 51
Cambridgeshire Hinchingbrooke Hospital    
Cheshire Leighton Hospital Debra Noden debra.noden@mcht.nhs.uk
Cornwall Royal Cornwall Hospital Kate Claridge or Nichola Townend 01872 25 00 00
Derbyshire Cavendish Hospital Norma Ayres 01298 21 28 50
Devon North Devon Hospital Karl Whittaker 01271 34 91 28
Devon Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Rachel Jacks 01392 40 60 45
Dorset Royal Bournemouth Peter Clark or Jackie Spence 01202 72 60 36
East Sussex Conquest Hospital Huma Thomas 01424 75 52 55 extn 8742 or eye.group@nhs.net
East Sussex Sussex Eye Hospital   01273 60 61 26
East Yorkshire HERIB   01482 34 22 97
Essex  Broomfield Hospital    01245 44 36 73 
Essex  Essex County  Jocelyn Murphy or Lynn Barker  01206 74 46 72 
Essex  Southend Hospital    01702 43 55 55 
Gloucestershire Gloucester Royal Hospital Helen Jaggard 0300 42 28 358
Greater Manchester  Stepping Hill Hospital  Angela Hilton  0161 48 31 010 
Hampshire  Southampton General  Isabella Nica or Jane Davies 023 80 48 25 64
Hertfordshire  Barnet Hospital  Tracy Gavin  020 82 16 49 62 
Kent  Bromley Osteoporosis Group  Stevie West  020 83 13 98 35 
Kent  Maidstone General  Margaret Gurney  01622 22 63 14 
Kent  Princess Royal  Chris Wilsdon  chris.wilsdon@kab.org.uk 
Kent  QEQM, Margate    01843 22 55 44 extn 63472 
Kent  Queen Mary's  Maria Moutsou  020 83 02 26 78 
Lancashire  Care UK Emma Mawson 07918 67 39 99 or emma.mawson@careuk.com
Lancashire Royal Bolton Hospital Glaucoma Team 01204 39 03 90 extn 4806
Lincolnshire  Pilgrim Hospital  Darralynne Stell  01205 36 48 01
London  Croydon University Hospital  Regan Ruther 020 86 88 24 86
London  Croydon Vision  Karen Leathwood 020 84 01 30 00
London  King's College  Viviane Brackenbury  020 32 99 16 68 
London St Ann's Hospital Gissel Tapper 020 82 11 83 23
London St George's Hospital Edmore Mcube or Christine Real 020 82 66 61 15 or 020 82 66 61 19
London Western Eye Zena Rodrigues 020 96 66 66 66
London Whipps Cross Katy Sommersgill 020 85 35 67 10
Manchester Henshaws Society for Blind People Adrian Brooks 0161 87 21 234
Merseyside Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Vicki Travers 0151 70 63 968
Middlesex Ashford Hospital Maggie Lewis 01784 88 44 88
Middlesex Hillingdon Hospital Amar Ghattaora 01895 23 82 82
Scotland Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Breda Donnelly 01224 55 12 93
Scotland Hairmyres Hospital Caroline Ferguson or Jackie McGowan 01355 58 46 30 or 01698 36 63 76
Scotland Ninewells Hospital Laura Forbes 07949 14 07 58
Scotland  Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion  Dr Pankaj Agarwal  0131 53 61 000 
Scotland  Queen Margaret Hospital Shirley Miller  01383 62 36 23 or smiller1@nhs.net
Scotland RNIB John Hughes 07875 31 29 45
Scotland  Royal Alexandra Hospital  Susanne Scott  0141 31 46 988 
Scotland  Stirling Community    01324 56 60 00 
Scotland St John's Hospital Dr Pankaj Agarwal 0131 53 61 000
Scotland Wishaw General Hospital John Hughes 07875 31 29 45
Somerset Somerset Sight Jackie Sopwith 01823 36 61 50
Somerset Yeovil District Hospital Joanne Lewis 01935 38 45 65
South Yorkshire Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind Joanne Arden 0114 27 22 757
Staffordshire Care UK Emma Mawson 07918 67 39 99 or emma.mawson@careuk.com
Staffordshire Queens Hospital Sally Jackson 01283 56 63 33
Staffordshire Stafford Glaucoma Club Shankar Chappiti or Kellie Cowlishaw 01785 23 02 40
Surrey Frimley Park Hospital Carys Stacey 01276 60 46 53 or cerys.stacey@fhft.nhs.uk
Surrey Royal Surrey Hospital Teresa Butler 01483 57 11 22 extn 2089 or teresabutler@nhs.net
Tyne and Wear Sunderland Eye Infirmary Pauline Stores 0191 56 56 256 extn 46335
Wales  Abergele Hospital  Hazel Lindop or Michelle Higgins  01745 44 83 30 extn 2439 
Wales Bronglais Hospital Janet Nicholls or Teleri Garner 01970 62 47 11
Wales Gwynedd Hospital Bethan Scriven 07884 26 71 95
Wales Neath Port Talbot Hospital Maureen Griffiths 07884 31 09 92
Wales New GP Resource Centre Ophthalmic Clinic 01639 86 22 64
Wales Princess of Wales Maureen Griffiths 07884 31 09 92
Wales Singleton Hospital Sue Neale 01792 20 03 90
Wales University Hospital of Wales Ruth Rydderch 029 20 74 77 47
Wales Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Llwynypia Sue Brooks 07884 36 22 64
Warwickshire South Warwickshire Glaucoma Support Group Janet Bonser 01926 60 00 54 or Janet.Bonser@swft.nhs.uk
West Lancashire Southport and West Lancashire Support Group Pam Ladlow 01772 81 36 15
West Midlands Good Hope Hospital Sarah Morris 0121 42 42 000
West Midlands Heartlands Hospital Carole Atkins or Clair Rea 0121 42 40 543
West Midlands Kidderminster Treatment Centre Helen Hipkiss 01562 51 23 82 extn 55369
West Midlands New Cross Hospital Mary Stott 01902 30 79 99 extn 5807
West Midlands Russells Hall Hospital Julia Phillips 01384 45 61 11 extn 3649
West Midlands Solihull Patient Support Group Carole Atkins or Denise Casey 0121 42 40 543 or 0121 42 45 067
West Midlands Coventry University Hospital Jay Pankania 024 76 96 64 91
West Sussex Worthing Hospital Annette Brampton or Julie State 01903 20 51 11 extn 85658
Wiltshire Salisbury District Hospital Francesca Ireland or Louise O'Connor 01722 42 92 76
Worcestershire  Alexandra Hospital  Julie Manning  01527 50 79 15 
Worcestershire Worcester Royal Hospital  Sara Ruck  01905 76 33 33 extn 33379