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Cheque presentation to Eye DepartmentUpdated November 2017

£5,000 Donation helps to buy new Ophthalmology machine

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) will benefit from new state-of-the-art ophthalmology equipment that will help detect eye conditions in both adults and children.  Sight Loss Shropshire has made a generous £5,000 donation towards a new visual fields machine for the Eye Department at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, run by SaTH.

Phillipa Downes, Senior Orthoptist at SaTH, said: “The Ophthalmology team has gratefully received a charitable donation from Sight Loss Shropshire towards a new visual fields machine.  This machine will allow very specific visual fields and binocular function testing for adult and paediatric patients.  SaTH had two machines that were over 50-years-old, and one of the machines had failed and could not be fixed.  The purchase of this new machine will replace the one that has failed and will mean patients will benefit from more modern and accurate equipment.”

Andrew Evans, Operational Manager at SaTH, said: “The new machine will be located within the new Eye Department and will be available for patients at the end of October 2017 when a newly refurbished Paediatric Ophthalmology facility will open.  The facility is located adjacent to the brand new department which opened to patients on 26 June this year.”

Robin Durham, Secretary for Sight Loss Shropshire, said:  “We are delighted that our donation means that the Trust can purchase a piece of equipment that will be of such benefit to both adults and children, and make a difference to the care that the Trust can offer to those with eye conditions.”

Christmas Cards for Sale

Christmas Cards in aid of Sight Loss Shropshire will be on sale at the Charity Christmas Card Shop in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury from Friday 20th October 2017 to Saturday 2 December 2017 inclusive.  The Shop will be open from 10:15am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

New Vision Impairment telephone drop in service in Telford & Wrekin

Telford & Wrekin Council are offering a new telephone drop-in service for visual impairment.  People who call will be able to speak to a Rehabilitation Officer for Vision Impairment to request replacement equipment, to seek advice or to discuss any issues they have relating to their visual impairment.  The service is available on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and the contact number is 07976 426 483.

New telephone number for Sight Loss Shropshire

The telephone number for Sight Loss Shropshire has changed – our new number is 01743 250808.

Esme’s Umbrella – supporting people with Charles Bonnet syndrome

Do you have low vision and are you experiencing visual hallucinations?  If you are, you might be suffering from a little known condition called Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Esme’s Umbrella was launched in November 2015 to raise awareness of Charles Bonnet syndrome and support people with the condition.  Their website offers a platform on which sufferers, their families and friends can exchange experiences, share coping strategies and find reassurance. The Helpline number is 0345 051 3915, and the email address is esmesumbrella@gmail.com

Support available from Severn Trent Water

If you are finding it difficult to read, or pay, your Water Bill, Severn Trent Water provides a range of free services that you may find helpful.  These include:

  • Alternative correspondence formats such as large print, braille, electronic mail, audio CD or cassette, textphone, and formats suitable for people with dyslexia or colour blindness.
  • A Nominee Scheme enabling you to authorise a friend or relative to speak to Severn Trent on your behalf about your account
  • Schemes and tariffs to assist those who are struggling to pay their water bills

If you would like more information about the support and services provided by Severn Trent Water, please contact the Sight Loss Shropshire office on 01743 210808.