East Renfrewshire

Hospital Eye  Services in RHC and all adult hospital - Ophthalmology Department at

Royal Hospital for Children - main switchboard 0141 451 6577
Gartnavel General Hospital - main switchboard 0141 211 3000
Victoria Infirmary - main switchboard 0141 201 6000
Royal Alexandra Hospital - main switchboard 0141 887 9111
 

Service Description - Included Ophthalmology (eye doctor), orthoptists (vision testing and eye movement), optometrists (assess the need for glasses).  Diagnose and manage all eye conditions in childhood.  Age Range RHC 0-16 yars old, others - all ages.  Access to service - Referral from health professionals.  Funding - NHS service - free to children and young people.

Joint Functional Vision Clinic     

Community Child Health service
Glenfarg Suite
William Street Clinic
120-130 William Street 
Glasgow
G3 8UR

Tel 0141 314 6257

Service description:  Joint assessment of children’s vision by health and education professionals with provision of advice on treatment, strategies and some equipment.  Age range:  All ages ( 0-19 years)  Access to Service:  Health, education and social work visual impairment professionals

Funding: Initially funded through review of community eye care services funding.   Free to children

 

Vision Impairment Specialist Nurse

Vision Service
Glenfarg Suite
William Street Clinic
120-130 William Street 
Glasgow
G3 8UR

Tel 0141 314 6257

 

Service Description: Support to families of children with visual impairment - provision of information, provision of links to professionals and other families, help with plan and communication. Age range - all ages (0-19) for mainly preschool.  Access:  Health professionals and VI professionals.  Funding NHS Services - free to children.

Low Vision Aid Service

Low Vision Aid (LVA) Clinic
Eye Department
Gartnavel General Hospital
1053 Great Western Road
Glasgow
G12 0YN

Main switchboard 0141 211 3000

Service description:  Assessment of need for low vision aids and provision of appropriate aids identified.  This includes various types of magnifiers for near vision and uniocular aids for distance vision. Age range:  All ages. Access to service:  Referrals from Health professionals.

Funding:  NHS service – free to children and young people but service does not provide large pieces of equipment e.g. CCTV but advice regarding these may be provided.

 

Low Vision Aid Service

Low Vision Aid Clinic
Eye Department
Royal Alexandra Hospital
Corsebar Road
Paisley
PA2 9PN

0141 887 9111

Service description:  Assessment of need for low vision aids and provision of appropriate aids identified.  This includes various types of magnifiers for near vision and aids for distance vision.  Age range:  All ages  Access to service:  Referrals from Health professionals for children and young people living in the following East Renfrewshire postcodes: G53 7, G77 6, G78 1, G78 2, G78 3, G78 4, G77 6

Funding:  NHS service – free to children and young people but service does not provide large pieces of equipment e.g. CCTV but advice regarding these may be provided

 

Vision Assessment Clinic

Ophthalmology Department
Royal Hospital for Children
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51
Tel: 0141 451 6577

 

Service Description: Tertiary Assessment and advisory service provided by health specialists in the field of visual impairment.  Age Range 0-19 years old)  Access to service - Referral from health professionals and occasionally others by individual arrangement.  Funding - NHS service - free to children.

Visual Impairment Clinic

Royal Hospital for Children
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51
Tel main switchboard - 0141 201 0000
 

Service Description:  Initial health and development assessment of children diagnosed with VI.  Advice to parents and identification of initial services required.  Age Range 0-19 years old, Access to services - Consultant ophthalmologists and orthoptists.  Funding - NHS services - free to children and young people

Education   

Within East Renfrewshire,  the education service’s provision to children  with a visual impairment and their families varies from case to case depending on individual needs. The majority of  pupils with a visual impairment attend their local mainstream establishments on a full-time basis. These pupils receive support from peripitetic specialist Visual Impairment (VI) teachers as well as support from Pupil Support Assistants, as required, within their mainstream schools.

Support for visually impaired babies and children under three is coordinated through the Authority’s PreScat System. Supports offered to children under three include regular input from Home Visiting Teachers and/or  specialist VI teachers and early placement in specialist nursery settings where there is input from VI teachers.

East Renfrewshire currently employs two specialist VI teachers who support pupils in schools. These teachers work with pupils in class and on an individual basis. They develop, adapt and differentiate materials and resources and contribute, where appropriate to pupils’ Individualised Educational Programmes (IEPs). An important aspect of the VI teachers’ role is to raise awareness of the issues involved in teaching pupils who are visually impaired and to provide advice on appropriate teaching strategies. This is done through liaison with class teachers and through in-service training.

The Authority employs an ICT consultant who assesses visually impaired pupils and provides advice on the most appropriate specialist equipment to facilitate  their access to the curriculum.

While there is a strong ethos of inclusion within East Renfrerwshire, it is acknowledged that for certain visually impaired pupils, specialist provision is required, and so arrangements have been made accordingly. For example, the Authority currently funds placements for pupils in Darnley VI Unit, Hazelwood School  and the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.  There are also a number of visually impaired pupils, who have other additional support needs, who attend Isobel Mair School (a specialist educational establishment for primary to secondary age pupils).

The progress of visually impaired pupils is monitored and reviewed, in conjunction with pupils’ schools, by an Educational Psychologist with a special interest in Sensory Impairment.

Age Range:  0 -19 years

Contacts
Chair of Pre 5 Resource Group
Psychological Service
Main Street
BarrheadG78
 
VI Teacher, Sensory Support Service
C/0 Isobel Mair School
58 Stewarton Rd
Newton Mearns
G77 6NB
 
0141 577 7600/7617
 
Quality Improvement Officer
Education Offices
211 Main Street
Barrhead
G78 1SY
 

East Renfrewshire Council Services 

Social Work / Community Care VI Childrens Services

Sensory Impairment Services
HSCP
Dickie Building
Burnfield Avenue
Giffnock
G46 7TT

Service description

Services include:

  • Information and advice in visual impairment registration
  • Information on benefit entitlement
  • Provision of appropriate equipment in order to enhance independence
  • Assessment of functional vision, mobility needs and daily living skills with regard to environment
  • Rehabilitation training by qualified staff regarding mobility, daily living skills and communication

Age range:  All ages, Access to service - open access.  Funding - Free to East Renfrewshire residents,  Children with Disability (Inclusive Team) information on Carers Group and monthly club.