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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newcastle City Council provides a high quality service to adults with a sensory loss in Newcastle. Their aim is to reduce the impact your sensory loss has on your daily life. Rehabilitation workers can help with the following aspects of your life: Mobility, Daily Living, Communication. They can also help those people close to you to understand the implications of your sight loss. Contact Community Health and Social Care Direct on 0191 2788 377 (Textphone: 01912788359) or by email at email@example.com if you would like to make a referral for an assessment of your sight loss.
From your answers you have indicated that you do not have a means of reading product instructions. There may be a solution available to you through a referral made by your GP to an Ophthalmologist and/or Low Vision Clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Alternatively you can visit your local high street optician.
If you would like further information about eye/sight conditions, you can contact various national or local organisations; Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Tel: 0303 1239999 or see http://www.rnib.org.uk or contact Newcastle Society for Blind People (NSBP) by telephone on 0191 232 7292 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Website: www.nsbp.webs.com . Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am - 4pm. Newcastle City Council also has a team of Rehabilitation and Mobility Officers which deals with people with a sensory impairment. They can provide information and practical advice, including mobility training and independent living skills training. You can make a referral by contacting Community Health and Social Care Direct on 0191 2788 377 or emailing email@example.com.
From your answers you have indicated that you do not have a means of reading product instructions. There may be a solution available to you through Community Health and Social Care Direct who can refer you for a fuller assessment by a Rehabilitation Worker. Please call 0191 2788 377, alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newcastle Society for Blind People (NSBP) is a local, independent charity for people registered partially sighted, or blind. There is a computer suite equipped with software specifically for visually impaired people. NSBP can demonstrate equipment they have in stock and help to self-purchase specialist equipment. The centre is open from Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm. Address: 3rd Floor, Mea House, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8XS. For more information you can either telephone 0191 2327292, email email@example.com or visit the website www.nsbp.co.uk.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.calibre.org.uk
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