“The volunteers at Croydon Vision are patient, caring and understanding ” – Leona

All local councils are setting up call centres to assist with vulnerable residents. This may include making arrangements for delivering medicines, food, or other support. The Croydon number is 0208 604 7787

Visually Impaired people can now listen to audio versions of the Corona Virus related communications recently sent by Boris Johnson to UK households. Thank you to the Macular Society for producing these:
https://bit.ly/2RVTvzW

Government information on Corona Virus

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Will my eye appointment go ahead?

The eye units have been told by the Royal college of ophthalmologists to delay non-urgent appointments until the lockdown restrictions relax. If you are unsure what to do, you can call the Morefield’s eye unit for Croydon University hospital on:

02084013128

Or Morefield’s City Road on:

02072533411

While we are on the subject, if you need to see your GP, generally appointments are taking place over the phone unless they are urgent, and you do not have symptoms of Covid19.

If you do not know if you should be attending any appointment or not, regardless of what it is for, always call first.

In England, you can now be prioritised for COVID-19 testing as a recognised key worker if you are an unpaid carer.

More information on carers, and carers rights:

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19

Are you keen on trying (#accessible) #mindfulness and #meditation but not sure where to start?

How about starting with @InsightMind1? Dr Beverley Duguid is now offering 1-2-1 meditation sessions via Zoom through her website. Find more details here:

https://bit.ly/2A7ebzf

Do you need help from an NHS volunteer?

If you are currently not supported and need some help with shopping, a prescription collection, or a friendly chat, then NHS Volunteer Responders are ready to help!

Find out more:

https://bit.ly/2Vwz1Aa

London Vision’s Living with Sight Loss courses are paused for the time being, but they have uploaded some of the content onto the website. Visit this page for tips on managing medication, key organisations to contact for advice, and other useful sources of information.

https://bit.ly/3bcWlZ7

If you are struggling with anxiety, you can call the Anxiety UK helpline on:

03444 775 774

Or you can text them on:

07537 416 905

Or you can get help on their website at:

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/

You can call Samaritans on 116123 from any UK landline or mobile phone.