Eye Clinic Support Service, Scotland

Every day in Scotland, 10 people begin to lose their sight – but only one in six will be offered support.

Without support people may lose confidence and find it difficult to cope, leading to isolation.

Our services offer support for those living with sight loss:

  • emotional support
  • support and information for you, family, friends and carers
  • information on eye conditions and good eye health
  • referrals to other services
  • Information on certification and registration

Where our Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) services operate

Update 25 March 2020: We are continuing to deliver our Eye Care Liaison Services in Scotland. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 virus, however, all of our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) are working from home using fully secure laptop computers.

All of our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers are qualified and experienced, offering support to a recognised UK and agreed standard. They can be contacted for advice and support at the contact details given below for each Health Board area:

Ayrshire and Arran – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Gail Ivory, tel 07554 110 883 (Monday-Thursday), [email protected]

Ruth Sharman, tel 07900 160 532 (Wednesday-Friday), [email protected]
 

Borders – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Alison Paton-Day, tel 07771 940 387 (Monday-Thursday), a[email protected]


Fife – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Wendy Millar, tel 07719 075006 (Tuesday-Thursday), [email protected]


Forth Valley – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service in partnership with NHS Forth Valley

Hazel Muldoon, tel 07824 609 455 (Monday and Thursday), [email protected]


Greater Glasgow and Clyde – Visibility Patient Support Service

Tel 0141 332 4632 (Monday - Friday), [email protected]


Grampian – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Aberdeenshire – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Rhona Lewsey, tel 07713 306 232 (Tuesday-Thursday), [email protected]


Aberdeen city – North East Sensory Services Hospital Information Service

Eddie Carroll, tel 0845 27 12345 (Monday and Tuesday, 9am-4.45pm, and Wednesday-Friday, 9am-1pm), [email protected]


Highlands – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Janet Syer, tel 0790 847 3046 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.30-5pm), [email protected]

North Highland and Orkney

Maeve Lawler, tel 07525910153, [email protected].

 

Lanarkshire – RNIB Scotland partnership service with Visibility Patient Support Service

Patient Support Service, tel 0141 332 4632 (Monday-Friday), [email protected].

 

Lothian – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Nicola Grimason, Jo Hill or Emma McElwee, tel 0131 536 3332 (opening hours Monday-Thursday, 9am-4.45pm, Friday, 9am-4.30pm), [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]


Orkney

Maeve Lawler, tel 07525 910153, [email protected]

 

Shetland Islands – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service in partnership with Shetland Island Council

Hannah Bateson, tel 01595 745 900 (Monday-Friday), [email protected]

 

Tayside – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service

Nina McIntosh, tel 07468 710 900 (Monday-Friday), [email protected]

 

Western Isles – RNIB Scotland Eye Clinic Support Service in partnership with Sight Action

Isabel Murray, tel 01851 701787 (Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm) [email protected]
 

Vision Support Services for Complex Needs

RNIB has a team of Vision Support Officers who specialise in complex needs. This team help individuals to access primary optometric health and social care services as well as offering emotional and practical support for:

  • Learning disabilities and sight loss
  • Dementia and sight loss
  • Stroke and sight loss
  • Autism and sight loss

Vision Support Services complex needs offer:

  • Assessment of how the person uses their vision in everyday life
  • Training to carers and professionals
  • Advice, information and signposting to other services
  • A personalised vision passport to influence support plans
  • Emotional and practical support
  • Support to access community or hospital eye care services

Vision Support complex needs services are available in:

Ayrshire and Arran

Gail Ivory, tel 07554 110 883 (Monday-Thursday), [email protected]

Fife

Linda Cruickshank, tel 01592 646015 (Tuesday-Thursday), [email protected]

Children - Linda Mitchell, tel 01592 646015 (Monday-Wednesday), [email protected]

Glasgow

Joanne Dick, tel 07887 958 499 (Monday-Friday) [email protected]