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

Scottish Government - Coronavirus information

The Scottish Government's page on coronavirus.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's letter to households in Scotland

First Minister's letter concerning coronavirus, including details of how to access this in audio and in other languages.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for those providing guide support

Scottish Government guidance for those who provide guide support for people with sight loss or mobility or other impairments.

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.

Community Eye Care COVID-19 emergency response

The Community Eye Care COVID-19 emergency response contains official guidance about hospital eye clinics and ophthalmology departments' response to the pandemic to keep people safe during their eye care appointments.

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.


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.