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:

"I wish I had attended the group years ago, so thank you very much for inviting me along."          

"I immensely enjoyed the meeting. It was a lovely blend of new research information and practical, helpful tips for improving my glaucoma self-care."

"I am now looking forward to my next medical consultation where I can discuss my glaucoma with greater confidence."

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

Would you like to receive information about upcoming local patient support groups directly to your inbox?

If yes, we need your email address and your postcode. If we don’t already have this, please call our membership line on 01233 64 81 71 or email info@iga.org.uk to update our records.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide this information via post.

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.

AreaOrganised byVenueTimeDateContact nameContact number
Worcestershire  Worcestershire Royal Hospital   Charles Hastings Way, Worcester WR5 1DD 10.00am to 1.00pm 19th June Laura-Jayne Smith 01562 82 34 23 or laura-jayne.smith@nhs.net
Sussex Please note this support group has been cancelled. Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor, Audrey Emerton Building (AEB), Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5BE Cancelled Amanda Dean 01273 69 69 55 ext 67528 or amanda.dean@rnib.org.uk
Tyne and Wear Sunderland Eye Infirmary Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland SR2 9HP 2.00pm to 3.30pm 21st June 2019 Hannah Morrow 07854 82 19 11 or h.morrow@iga.org.uk
West Midlands Solihull Patient Support Group John Palmer Hall, Union Road, Solihull B91 3DG 1.00pm to 3.00pm 26th June 2019 Carole Atkins carole.atkins@heartofengland.nhs.uk
Aberdeen Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Waiting room 2, Forresterhill Eye Clinic AB25 2ZG 2.00pm to 4.00pm 27th June 2019 Philippa Mason 07889 10 21 89 or p.mason@iga.org.uk
Lincolnshire Pilgrim Hospital Lecture Hall, Education Centre, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston PE21 9QS 1.30pm for 2.00pm start 28th June 2019 Darralynne Stell 01205 36 48 01
Wales Sight Cymru Sight Cymru, Bradbury House, Park Buildings, Pontypool, Torfaen NP4 6JH 12.00pm to 2.00pm 6th July 2019 Lissa Gomer lissa.gomer@sightcymru.org.uk or 01495 76 36 50
Cheshire Mid Cheshire Hospital St Mary's Parish Hall, Church Walk, Nantwich CW5 5RQ 2.00pm to 4.00pm 24th July 2019 Debra Noden debra.noden@mcht.nhs.uk
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 9th August 2019 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97

Nottingham

Queen's Medical Centre

Seminar Room, Floor ‘A’, Derby Road, Nottingham NG7 2UH

1.30pm to 2.30pm

23rd August 2019

Amie Manjang / Geoffrey Pickance

07812 27 00 50 or amie.manjang@nuh.nhs.uk

01159 24 99 24 ext 65632 or geoffrey.pickance@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Scotland RNIB 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh EH7 5EA 2.00pm to 4.00pm 23rd August 2019 Philippa Mason 07889 10 21 89 or p.mason@iga.org.uk
West Midlands Solihull Patient Support Group John Palmer Hall, Union Road, Solihull B91 3DG 1.00pm to 3.00pm 25th September 2019 Carole Atkins carole.atkins@heartofengland.nhs.uk
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 11th October 2019 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 13th December 2019 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
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 sightline@iga.org.uk

AreaOrganised byContact NameContact Number
Bristol Bristol Eye Hospital Laura Trigger 0117 34 29 097
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Hospital Jill Kimber 01908 99 55 23
Cambridgeshire Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge Deborah Jankowski 01223 24 51 51
Cambridgeshire Hinchingbrooke Hospital    
Cheshire Leighton Hospital, Crewe Debra Noden debra.noden@mcht.nhs.uk
Cornwall Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro Kate Claridge or Nichola Townend 01872 25 00 00
Derbyshire Cavendish Hospital, Buxton Norma Ayres 01298 21 28 50
Devon North Devon Hospital, Barnstaple Karl Whittaker 01271 34 91 28
Devon Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Rachel Jacks 01392 40 60 45
Dorset Royal Bournemouth Hospital Wendy Wade 07936 04 55 11
East Sussex Conquest Hospital, Hastings Huma Thomas 01424 75 52 55 extn 8742 or eye.group@nhs.net
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group, Hull   01482 34 22 97
Essex  Broomfield Hospital    01245 44 36 73 
Essex  Essex County, Colchester Jocelyn Murphy or Lynn Barker  01206 74 46 72 
Essex  Southend Hospital    01702 43 55 55 
Gloucestershire Gloucester Royal Hospital Helen Jaggard or Jemma Fisher 0300 42 28 358
Greater Manchester  Stepping Hill Hospital  Angela Hilton  0161 48 31 010 
Hampshire  Southampton General  Michelle Sayell 07768 04 25 65
Hertfordshire  Barnet Hospital  Tracy Gavin  020 82 16 49 62 
Kent  Maidstone General/Kent Association for the Blind Fran Smith 07773 07 03 13 or fran.smith@kab.org.uk
Kent  Princess Royal, Orpington/Kent Association for the Blind Chris Wilsdon 

07795 55 85 60 or chris.wilsdon@kab.org.uk 

Kent  QEQM, Margate    01843 22 55 44
Kent  Queen Mary's, Sidcup/Kent Association for the Blind Chris Wilsdon 07795 55 85 60 or chris.wilsdon@kab.org.uk
Lancashire  Care UK, Preston 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, Boston 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
London Whittington Hospital   020 72 88 32 34 or emita.ewata@nhs.net
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
Merseyside Wirral Teaching Hospital, Birkenhead Dr Gillian Rudduck 0151 60 47 402
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, Edinburgh Dr Pankaj Agarwal 0131 53 61 000
Scotland  Queen Margaret Hospital Shirley Miller 01383 62 36 23 or smiller1@nhs.net
Scotland IGA/RNIB, Edinburgh    
Scotland  Royal Alexandra Hospital  Susanne Scott 0141 31 46 988
Scotland  Stirling Community     
Scotland St John's Hospital Dr Pankaj Agarwal 0131 53 61 000
Scotland Wishaw General Hospital    
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 Sarah Williams 07884 31 09 92
Wales New GP Resource Centre Ophthalmic Clinic 01639 86 22 64
Wales Princess of Wales Sarah Williams 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