18 April, 2009




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There are times when we all want to know more about medical problems, whether our curiosity stems from a long-term condition or minor illness. The information we want can be anything from what medicines we need to treat the illness and when we need to consult a doctor, to whether there are any support groups for moral support and practical advice.



NHS DirectNHS Direct
NHS Direct is an informative website which provides a number of useful facilities:

  • Self Help guide covering the most common symptoms from sore throats to back ache.
  • Health Encyclopaedia, giving more in depth information about illnesses.
  • Directory of local NHS Services, including Doctors, Dentists and Pharmacies.

The site will inform on what medicines will help alleviate conditions, what you can buy from your chemist and when you should consult a doctor.

Phone Icon Phone: 0485 4647 (24 hours) | Textphone: 0845 606 4647

website Web site: NHSdirect



Patient UKPatient UK

Patient UK is a comprehensive site that provides a number of services:

  • Details of nearly 2000 patient support/self help groups and similar organisations.
  • Leaflets on health and disease.
  • Explanations and information about tests and investigations commonly performed.
  • Help to find a GP, specialist, hospital, dentist, therapist, counsellor.
  • Comprehensive information about medicines and online pharmacy.
  • Advice on leading a healthy lifestyle, health promotion and preventing illness.

website Web site: Patient UK


Doctors Surgeries - NHSDoctors Surgeries
Besides providing advice on health problems, examinations and treatment, a doctor's surgery will have a wealth of information on local support groups. These may be anything from giving up smoking or getting healthy to ones linked to specific illnesses.

For your local doctor's surgery see the telephone directory or web site:

website Web site: NHS UK


Social Services
In addition to providing social work support your local Social Services Department has details of assistance it can provide and groups which have been formed by and for people with common interests and need.

To contact them: look in the local telephone directory, or contact your local authority or county council. Information will also be available via an Internet search engine.


LibrariesLibraries
Your library will often have details of assistance which can provided locally and groups which have been formed by and for people with common interests and need.

To contact them: look in the local telephone directory, or contact your local authority or county council. Information will also be available via an Internet search engine.



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