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:
Corona Virus NHS 111
Government information on Corona Virus
Covid19 Resources – London Vision
A particularly good article on grief in relation to current times
How to access NHS services from home
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:
Or Morefield’s City Road on:
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:
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:
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:
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.
If you are struggling with anxiety, you can call the Anxiety UK helpline on:
Or you can text them on:
Or you can get help on their website at:
You can call Samaritans on 116123 from any UK landline or mobile phone.