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MyCare is an information, advice and signposting website that enables people to find social care information in their area that can help them maintain their independence.My Care Newcastle
Information NOW is the information and advice website for people over 50 in Newcastle, their families and carers.Information Now
Click "View PDF" below to see a list of local equipment suppliers. The PDF includes the company name, address, contact details, and website (if available).Local Suppliers PDF
For useful advice on choosing footwear for problems like swollen feet, arthritis, diabetes, odd sized feet or cold feet visit http://www.peacocks.net. There is also lots of information on foot care available on the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists web site ‘feet for life’ (visit www.feetforlife.org). Mobility shops in Newcastle Upon Tyne stock a range of footwear to suit people with problems like oedema, corns and bunions and very wide feet for example. You can also find out more by contacting Peacocks on 0191 276 9600. If you have a problem with your feet that you cannot address with self-help you can contact your doctor for medical advice. PEACOCKS CITY CENTRE SHOP (soon to be the North East Foot Centre): 1 St Thomas Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LE Tel: 0191 276 9606, Fax: 0191 276 9606, www.northeastfootcentre.co.uk, www.peacocks.net
If you have a substantial and permanent vision loss in both eyes you may wish to register as blind or partially sighted. Registration simply means having your name added to a confidential list of people who have a permanent sight loss. Keeping this register allows Newcastle City Council to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment and it is also required for certain financial benefits and concessions. Registration is entirely voluntary. Your Eye Consultant will say if you are medically eligible and then certify using form CVI that you are registrable as blind or partially sighted. You decide if you wish to register, you may be referred to the hospital from your GP or optometrist. For further information Community Health and Social Care Direct by ringing 0191 2788 377 (Textphone: 01912788359) or emailing email@example.com.
Newcastle City Council offers support to all residents of Newcastle with a visual impairment. They can provide information about the benefits of registering as blind or partially sighted. Please contact Newcastle Welfare Rights Service by telephone 0191 277 2627; email or visit the website Website: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/welfare-rights-and-money-advice. Alternatively for information about the benefits available to those with a registered visual impairment contact Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau on 0344 245 1288 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also offer a Talk and Support service, you can contact them on 0303 1239999. To find out more about registering as severely or partially sight impaired contact Community Health and Social Care Direct by ringing 0191 2788 377 (Textphone: 01912788359) or emailing email@example.com.
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust (Royal Victoria Infirmary) offers support to all residents of Newcastle with a visual impairment. Referrals often come from eye clinics but their services are available to all residents and their families and friends. Their mission is to improve the lives of all blind and partially sighted people living in Newcastle. Your G.P. can refer you to the Consultant Ophthalmologist at Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) who can offer an appointment at the low vision clinic if this is needed. At the clinic you can get advice and equipment like a magnifier to help with reading small print for example. Low Vision Clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP. Telephone: 0191 233 6161 (switchboard)
Disability North is a specialist demonstration centre for disability equipment offering free and impartial advice and an opportunity to try the equipment for yourself. If you would like advice or would like to try equipment before you purchase please ring 0191 2840480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.disabilitynorth.org.uk/index.html
If you have a permanent and severe sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses and are having difficulty in walking around safely and/or using public transport etc. you may benefit from the services offered by Newcastle City Council’s Rehabilitation Workers. They will offer training on travelling independently and the use of appropriate mobility aids. In addition they help with sighted guide techniques and confidence building. You can make a referral for an assessment by contacting Community Health and Social Care Direct on 0191 2788 377 (Textphone: 01912788359) or emailing email@example.com.
If you have a permanent and severe sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses and are having difficulty in walking around safely and/or using public transport etc. you may benefit from the services offered by Newcastle City Council’s Rehabilitation Workers. This service aims to identify practical problems that the person may be having, determine a rehab rraining rrogramme, discuss any concerns that the person and/or their family/carer may have, make referrals to other agencies for services and offer advice and information. This service can also offer Mobility Training, so that you can learn how to use a white cane or other techniques to assist you to get around safely. You can make a referral for an assessment by contacting Community Health and Social Care Direct on 0191 2788 377 (Textphone: 01912788359) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A range of large print books is available at all of the Newcastle Libraries. To find your local branch or get more information visit the website www.newcastle.gov.uk/leisure-libraries-and-tourism/libraries
There are books on tape/CD available to registered blind and partially sighted people. Information about the service is available in large print, Braille and audio cassette from either the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) by ringing 0303 1239999 or going on their website www.rnib.org.uk. Alternatively you could contact the Calibre Audio Library by ringing 01296 432339; emailing email@example.com or visiting www.calibre.org.uk
Tyne Sound News offer a regular newspaper free to recipients as it is produced by volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0191 2614121 to request your copy.