A diagnosis of sight loss can come as a huge shock. It may be hard to take in all the information from your consultant, let alone think about what impact it will have on your everyday life.
This is why Sight Support Derbyshire has qualified Eye Clinic Liaison Officers and volunteers in hospitals across Derbyshire where sight loss conditions are diagnosed.
We offer information and practical advice to patients with a visual impairment, their carers and families. You don’t need an appointment – simply call into the Sight Support Derbyshire office at the Eye Clinic in Royal Derby Hospital, or the Eye Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
We can talk you through the process of registering as sight impaired, or severely sight impaired; provide information on eye conditions, and share practical information about maintaining your independence.
Our staff and volunteers are also a point of contact for our other services, such as Rehabilitation, and other sources of help and support in the county, like Social Services.
We also have volunteers at outpatient eye clinics in community hospitals in Derbyshire.
“If it wasn’t for the help we were given by Sight Support Derbyshire I honestly don’t know what we’d have done. It wasn’t just once they helped me; I saw a few people and got some equipment that made my life easier. It all happened really quickly and the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at the hospital even rang up to check that we were okay and let me know when the other staff would come out to visit and help. I couldn’t have asked for better support.”