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.

Area

Organised by

Venue

Time

Date

Contact name

Contact number

West Lancashire

Southport and West Lancashire Support Group

Royal Clifton Hotel, The Promenade, Southport

2.30pm

27th November 2019

Pam Ladlow

01772 81 36 15

Manchester

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Outpatients Clinic B, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

1.00pm to 3.00pm

22nd January 2020

Karen or Rachel

0161 70 14 819

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

Solihull

Solihull Glaucoma Support Group

John Palmer Hall, Union Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3DG

 

25 March 2020/ 24 June 2020/30 September 2020

Sarah Lovett/

Nicola Bennett

0121 42 45 068 or

0121 42 47 658

Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes Hospital

Acadmic Centre MKUH, MK6 5LD

5.30 to 8.30pm

3rd April 2020

Jill Kimber

01908 99 55 23

Sutton Coldfield

Good Hope hospital

Eye Clinic, 1st Floor, Sheldon Block, Rectory Road Sutton Coldfield. B75 7RR

20th May/18th November

Nicola Bennett

0121 424 76 58

 

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

Area

Organised by

Contact Name

Contact Number

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

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 at Croydon Vision

Regan Ruther

020 86 88 24 86 or glaucomagroupcroydon@gmail.com

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

Whittington Hospital

 

020 72 88 32 34 or emita.ewata@nhs.net

Manchester

Henshaws Society for Blind People

Adrian Brooks

0161 87 21 234

Manchester

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Karen or Rachel

0161 70 14 819

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

emma.mawson@careuk.com

Staffordshire

Queens Hospital

Sally Jackson

01283 56 63 33

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

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

Sarah Lovett or Nicola Bennett

0121 42 45 068 or 0121 42 47 658

West Midlands

Sutton Coldfield

Nicola Bennett

0121 42 47 658

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