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
Scotland Glaucoma Support Edinburgh RNIB Edinburgh, 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh 2.00pm to 4.00pm 27th September 2017 John Hughes 07889 10 21 89
Merseyside Wirral Teaching Hospital Clinic B, Eye Department, Wirral Teaching Hospital, Arrowe Park Road, Birkenhead CH49 5PE 4.00pm to 5.00pm 27th September 2017 Dr Gillian Rudduck 0151 60 47 402
Derbyshire Cavendish Hospital Buxton Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Buxton SK17 6HX 1.30pm to 3.30pm 6th October 2017 Norma Ayres 01298 21 28 50
Cambridgeshire Addenbrookes Hospital The Clinical School, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ 10.30am to 12.30pm 12th October 2017 Penny Glass 01223 27 48 89
East Yorkshire Hull and East Riding Glaucoma Group HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 3HS 11.00am to 1.00pm 13th October 2017 Kay Slingsby 01482 34 22 97
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Hospital The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Road, Milton Keynes 6.00pm to 8.00pm 13th October 2017 Jill Kimber 01908 99 55 23
Scotland Hairmyers Hospital Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Hairmyers Hospital, East Kilbride 2.45pm to 4.30pm 18th October 2017 Carroline Fergusson or Jackie McGowan 01355 58 46 30 or 01698 36 63 76
Lincolnshire Pilgrim Hospital Lecture Hall, Education Centre, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 9QS 1.30pm 20th October 2017 Darralynne Stell 01205 44 56 26
Gloucestershire Gloucester Glaucoma Group Redwood Education Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN 2.00pm to 4.00pm 20th October 2017 Jemma Fisher or Helen Jaggard 0300 42 28 358 or 0300 42 23 200
Scotland Glaucoma Support Edinburgh RNIB Edinburgh, 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh 2.00pm to 4.00pm 25th October 2017 John Hughes 07889 10 21 89
Surrey Kingston Hospital Education Centre, Lecture Theatre 2, 5th Floor, Kingston Surgical Centre, Kinston Hospital, Galsworthy Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 7QB 1.30pm to 4.00pm 30th October 2017   07864 93 67 20
Lancashire Royal Bolton Hospital Eye Unit Seminar Room, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnham 1.30pm 2nd November 2017 Glaucoma Team 01204 39 03 90 extn 4806
Wales Mid Powys Glaucoma Group Howey Village Hall, Howey, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5PT 2.00pm to 4.00pm 6th November 2017 Keira Brooks 07701 29 51 38
West Sussex Princess Royal Hospital Keats Education Centre, 2nd Floor, Main Hospital Building, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath RH16 4EX 10.00am to 12.00pm 13th November 2017 Jan Foster 07590 01 87 89 or jan.foster@rnib.org.uk
Wiltshire Salisbury Hospital Facilities Meeting Room, Salisbury Hospital, Odstock Rd, Salisbury SP2 8BJ 3.00pm to 5.00pm 20th November 2017 Louise O'Connor 01722 42 92 76 or louise.o'connor@salisbury.nhs.uk
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
Scotland Glaucoma Support Edinburgh RNIB Edinburgh, 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh 2.00pm to 4.00pm 29th November 2017 John Hughes 07889 10 21 89
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
South Yorkshire Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, 5 Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 4DT 2.00pm 11th December 2017 Joanne Arden 0114 27 22 757
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, 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 Peter Clark or Jackie Spence 01202 72 60 36
East Sussex Conquest Hospital, Hastings Huma Thomas 01424 75 52 55 extn 8742 or eye.group@nhs.net
East Sussex Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton   01273 60 61 26
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 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, Orpington Chris Wilsdon  chris.wilsdon@kab.org.uk 
Kent  QEQM, Margate    01843 22 55 44
Kent  Queen Mary's, Sidcup Maria Moutsou  020 83 02 26 78 
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 or John Hughes 01224 55 12 93 or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland Hairmyres Hospital Caroline Ferguson or Jackie McGowan or John Hughes 01355 58 46 30 or 01698 36 63 76 or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland Ninewells Hospital Laura Forbes or John Hughes 07949 14 07 58 or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland  Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh Dr Pankaj Agarwal or John Hughes 0131 53 61 000 or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland  Queen Margaret Hospital Shirley Miller or John Hughes 01383 62 36 23 or smiller1@nhs.net or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland IGA/RNIB, Edinburgh John Hughes 07889 10 21 89
Scotland  Royal Alexandra Hospital  Susanne Scott  or John Hughes 0141 31 46 988 or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland  Stirling Community  John Hughes 07889 10 21 89
Scotland St John's Hospital Dr Pankaj Agarwal or John Hughes 0131 53 61 000 or 07889 10 21 89
Scotland Wishaw General Hospital John Hughes 07889 10 21 89
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