Patients attending the Oxford Eye Hospital face either initial or progressive diagnosis about their level of vision; sometimes they must face very bad news.
Losing your sight is a very real form of bereavement. The process of being diagnosed as sight impaired or severely sight impaired leaves many people distressed and very anxious about what the future holds.
To support people through this initial crisis we run a Sight Advisory Desk at the hospital itself. Working within the outpatients department, we are perfectly placed to provide on-the-spot help and advice. With over 50,000 patient attendances every year, we reach a large number of visually impaired people, just when they need us most.
The desk is managed by Judith Wood, a qualified counsellor with over 35 years experience as a nurse (with personal experience of sight loss), assisted by a number of volunteers. Our dedicated team can provide you with help in the following areas:
- Basic counselling and reassurance.
- Demonstration of daily living aids.
- Products for visually impaired people that are on display.
- Information on benefits and social services.
- Referral to OAB’s support services.
- A listening ear and a practical head!
The desk can be found in the waiting area of the Ophthalmology department (i.e. the Oxford Eye Hospital in the West Wing of the John Radcliffe). It is open from Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. You can also contact staff at the desk on 01865 231598.
People living in the west of the county who are referred (due to location) to the Eye Hospital at Swindon have access to a similar advisory desk operated by our Wiltshire colleagues. However, all the services of OAB are still available to you, even if your treatment is carried out in Swindon.