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Jargon buster


Inflammation of the uveal tract of the eye (group of connected structures inside the eye, made up of the iris (coloured part of the eye), the ciliary body (ring of muscle behind the iris) and the choroid (layer of tissue that supports the retina). Find out more about this condition at RNIB.

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Newcastle Eye Centre

Eye Clinic Liaison Service

Our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers are here to help you get the care and support you need as soon as you have been diagnosed with a condition affecting your vision.

Losing all or part of your sight can affect you emotionally as well as physically. Our Officers act as a “bridge” between our eye specialists and a range of organisations, such as social services, that can provide you with information about what help is available to you, both locally and nationally.

Our liaison service is available to patients of all ages at the RVI.

Although most people are referred to our service by consultants and other hospital staff, you can be referred by your GP or community nurse and increasingly, people refer themselves. You, your relatives and carers are welcome to call in to see one of our team without an appointment, although we do advise you phone first to check availability.

The Eye Clinic Liaison Service is based in the Newcastle Eye Centre, Claremont Wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers are available Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Contact us

For more information, please contact: 

  • the Eye Clinic Liaison Officers
  • tel: 0191 282 0221

National and local organisations for further information and advice

When our service is not available, we would advise that you contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 and speak to our Sight Loss Advisors or visit:

Other contacts

Local organisations offering advice, support and services

  • Newcastle Society for Blind People, tel: 0191 232 7292
  • Northumberland County Blind Association, tel: 01670 514 316
  • County Durham Society for the Blind and Partially Sighted, tel: 0191 386 8175
  • Gateshead Sight Services, tel: 0191 478 5959
  • South Tyneside Sight Service, tel: 0191 456 0546
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