RNIB Scotland - useful links and contacts

Useful links and contacts for blind and partially sighted people in Scotland.

RNIB Helpline

Our helpline can be contacted on 0303 123 9999 from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Scotland-specific information and documents

Eye health information

The newly launched Scottish Government website Eyes.Scot shares useful information about eye health for individuals and professionals.

Guidance for those providing guide support to people with sight loss

This guidance has been developed in partnership with Guide Dogs and the Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Information about the coronavirus vaccine programme in Scotland

NHS Scotland has lots of information on the coronavirus vaccine, how it works and what to do if you experience side effects.

Coronavirus vaccine leaflets

NHS Inform has leaflets explaining why the coronavirus vaccine is being offered and how, when and where it'll be given.

Scottish Government's coronavirus information

The Scottish Government's web page on coronavirus.

Flu vaccinations

The flu vaccine is offered every year to help protect people most at risk of flu and its complications, particularly important this year due to the associated risk of coronavirus. Flu vaccine information is available here. An audio version of the leaflet is also available.

Exemption from face coverings card

The Scottish Government has made an exemption card available for people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. Request an exemption card online or by the calling the free telephone helpline on 0800 121 6240.

NHS Inform

Latest guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including physical distancing measures and advice for infected households.

Ready Scotland

Ready Scotland's site gives details of support available and details of how you can help others.

Scotland - National Helpline

This helpline points people in the direction of services that can help them access essentials during the current pandemic. The phone number is 0800 111 4000, operating between 9:00am and 5:00pm - although this might later be extended. 

Shielding support in Scotland support for vulnerable people

Details of shielding support from local authorities for vulnerable people and how to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services.

Diabetic Retinopathy screening

NHS Inform page giving details of how to protect against diabetic retinopathy and information about routine screening

Accessible information

Accessible information about the coronavirus is available on the NHS Inform website. This includes translations, audio files and easy read versions.

UK-wide information

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 section on the Sight Advice FAQ web site - answers to some of the more frequently asked questions relating to the current coronavirus situation by blind and partially sighted people, their family, friends and carers. 

Coronavirus updates from RNIB

RNIB's website has a dedicated section containing all the latest information that we’ve put out across the UK.

Essential shopping tips and supermarket updates

Key information and links about supermarket opening hours and deliveries.

Working to ensure vital information about public health is accessible

How RNIB is supporting the NHS, Government and businesses with accessible communications. 

Coronavirus: four ways you can help people with sight loss

If you're interested in giving a helping hand to people with sight loss during the pandemic, read our tips.

Coronavirus: five ways to look after your mental health

As many remain in self-isolation, we have listed our five top tips for maintaining your physical and mental health.