See the alphabetical directory of conditions and topics below

and you can find links to patient organisations and support groups at:

Patient UK: www.patient.co.uk/selfhelp.asp
UK Self Help: www.ukselfhelp.info
Contact a Family (for families with disabled children): www.cafamily.org.uk/

Good general information about health is available at:

NHS Direct Online: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Net Doctor: www.netdoctor.co.uk

BBC Health: www.bbc.co.uk/health

NHS INFORMATION

Are You Entitled to Help with Health Costs?
http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts

Medical Exemption Certificates (Medex)
www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/HealthCosts/2095.aspx

Pre-Payment Certificate Application
http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/healthcosts/pages/ppc.aspx

or telephone             0300 330 1341       to buy one over the phone using your credit or debit card

Directory of GP websites: www.click-for-health.com

NHS Direct (England and Wales): 08 45 46 47: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

NHS 24 (Scotland):             08454 24 24 24      : www.nhs24.com

NHS England: www.nhs.uk

NHS Northern Ireland: www.healthandcareni.co.uk

NHS Scotland: www.show.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Wales: www.wales.nhs.uk

OBESITY AND EATING DI

Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are produced by the medicine manufacturers and approved by the Government’s medicines regulator. The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)contains PILs and other information about thousands of UK medicines. It is updated daily and available at www.emc.medicines.org.uk

For blind or partially sighted people, there are PILs in different formats atwww.xpil.medicines.org.uk, together with information about the RNIB Medicines Information Line. This is free to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on            0800 198 5000      .

The Medicines Information Project at www.medguides.medicines.org.uk is working to provide people with information about medicines, conditions and the different treatment options available.

Alphabetical directory:

ALLERGY 
British Allergy Foundation:             01322 619 898      : www.allergyfoundation.com

The Anaphylaxis Campaign:             01252 542 029      : www.anaphylaxis.org.uk

Allergy in Schools:               : http://www.uhs.nhs.uk/

BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN
BLISS – (Premature Baby Charity): 0500 61 81 40: www.bliss.org.uk

BDF Newlife (Birth Defects):             08700 70 70 20      : www.bdfcharity.co.uk

BLADDER AND BOWEL
Continence Foundation:             0845 345 0165      : www.continence-foundation.org.uk

CORE (digestive disorders): 020 7486 03 1: www.corecharity.org.uk

Incontact (continence problems):             0870 770 3246      : www.incontact.org

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Network:             0114 272 3253      : www.ibsnetwork.org.uk

National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease:             0845 130 3344       / 2233:www.nacc.org.uk

CANCER 
Breakthrough Breast Cancer:             08080 100 200      : www.breakthrough.org.uk

Breast Cancer Care:             0808 800 6000      : www.breastcancercare.org.uk

Cancerbackup:            0808 800 1234      : www.cancerbackup.org.uk

Cancer Research UK:             020 7061 8355       /             0800 226 237      :www.cancerhelp.org.uk

CLIC Sargent (for children with cancer):             0800 197 0068      :www.clicsargent.org.uk

Bowel Cancer UK:             08708 50 60 50      : www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

The Lavender Trust (for younger women with breast cancer):             0808 800 6000      :www.lavendertrust.org.uk

Leukaemia Research Fund:             020 7405 0101      : www.lrf.org.uk

Lymphoma Association:             08 08 808 5555      : www.lymphomas.org.uk

Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign:             0870 24 24 870      : www.bowelcancer.tv

Macmillan Cancer Support:             0808 808 2020      : www.macmillan.org.uk

Macmillan YouthLine:             0808 808 0800

The Mesothelioma Group (US site but useful info)   www.mesotheliomagroup.com

Orchid (testicular and prostate cancers):             020 7601 7808      : www.orchid-cancer.org.uk

Ovacome (Ovarian Cancer):             020 7380 9589      : www.ovacome.org.uk

Prostate Cancer Charity:             0800 074 8383      : www.prostate-cancer.org.uk

Roy Castle Lung Foundation:             0871 220 5426      : www.roycastle.org

Tenovus the Cancer Charity:             0808 808 10 10      : www.tenovus.com

CONTRACEPTION PREGNANCY AND SEXUAL HEALTH
British Pregnancy Advisory Service:             08457 30 40 30      : www.bpas.org

Brook:             0800 0185 023      : www.brook.org.uk

fpa (formerly the Family Planning Association):            0845 122 8690      : www.fpa.org.uk

IVF / Infertility: www.ivf-infertility.com

Marie Stopes International:             020 7574 7400      : www.mariestopes.org.uk

UK Infertility and Parenting Forum: www.fertilityzone.co.uk

CHILD AND TEENAGE HEALTH
Addiss – Attention Deficit Disorder:             020 8952 2800      : www.addiss.co.uk

Child Growth Foundation: www.heightmatters.org.uk

Children First for Health (general health information for children of all ages):www.childrenfirst.nhs.uk

Contact A Family:             0808 808 3555      : www.cafamily.org.uk

Great Ormond Street Hospital: Information for children and families about conditions treated at GOSH: www.goshfamiies.nhs.uk

LifeBytes: www.lifebytes.gov.uk

Teenage Health Freak: www.teenagehealthfreak.org

WellChild:             0808 801 0330      : www.wellchild.org.uk

CHILDREN AND PARENTS – goods and services directories

Parent Pages Family Directory
www.parentpages.co.uk

DIABETES

Better Under Seven:             0845 123 2377      : www.diabetesa1c.co.uk

Diabetes Insight: www.diabetes-insight.info

Diabetes UK:             0845 120 2960      : www.diabetes.org.uk

Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust:             01604 622 837      : www.iddtinternational.org

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:             020 7713 2030      : www.jdrf.org.uk

GENERAL HEALTH AND MEDICINES INFORMATION

Consumer Health Information Centre CHIC (General advice on everyday healthcare problems): www.chic.org.uk

CHIC Over-The-Counter Medicines Advice Line: 020 8742 042

Health Supplements Information Service: www.hsis.org

Medicine Chest On Line (info on medicines & food supplements available from pharmacist): www.medicinechestonline.com

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. ):            020 7067 5800      : www.nice.org.uk

National Pharmacy Association: www.npa.co.uk

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain www.rpsgb.org.uk

HEARING AND SIGHT

Hearing Concern:             0845 0744 600      : www.hearingconcern.org.uk

International Glaucoma Association:             0870 609 1870      : www.iga.org.uk

National Deaf Children’s Society:             0808 800 8880      : www.ndcs.org.uk

Royal National Institute of the Blind:             0845 766 9999      : www.rnib.org.uk

RNID (for deaf and hard of hearing people):             0808 808 0123      : textphone            0808 808 9000      : www.rnid.org.uk

Sense (for deafblind people):             0845 127 0060      : textphone            0845 127 0062      : www.sense.org.uk

HEART, BLOOD AND CIRCULATION

Anti Coagulation – Europe:             020 8289 6875      : www.anticoagulationeurope.org

Arrhythmia Alliance:             01789 450 787       (24 hours): www.aral.org.uk

Blood Pressure Association:             020 8772 4994      : www.bpassoc.org.uk

British Cardiac Patients Association:             01954 202 022      : www.bcpa.co.uk

British Heart Foundation:             08450 70 80 70      : www.bhf.org.uk

Cardiomyopathy Association: www.cardiomyopathy.org

Childrens Heart Foundation:             0808 808 5000      : www.childrens-heart-fed.org.uk

Deep Vein Thrombosis: www.inate.org

Haemophilia Society:             0800 018 60 68      : www.haemophilia.org.uk

Hearts for life: www.heartsforlife.co.uk

Heartline (for children with heart conditions and their families):            01276 70 76 36      : www.heartline.org.uk

H-E-A-R-T UK:             01628 628 638      : www.heartuk.org.uk

Sickle Cell Society:             0800 001 5660      : www.sicklecellsociety.org

Stroke Association:             0845 30 33 100      : www.stroke.org.uk

HIV and AIDS

National AIDS Trust:             020 7814 6767      : www.nat.org.uk

Terrence Higgins Trust:             0845 12 21 200      : www.tht.org.uk

UK Coalition of Patients living with HIV and AIDS:             020 7564 2180      :www.ukcoalition.org

You Choose: www.youchoose.org.uk

INFECTIONS

British Polio Fellowship:             0800 01 80 586      : www.britishpolio.org.uk

Encephalitis Information Resource:             01653 699 599      : www.encephalitis.info

Meningitis Research Foundation: 24-hour helpline             08 08 800 3344       (UK), 1800 41 33 44 (Rep of Ireland): www.meningitis.org

Meningitis Now: 24-hour helpline             0800 028 18 28       (UK), 1800 523 196 (Rep of Ireland): www.meningitisnow.org

RAPPID (Paediatric Pneumococcal Infection):             0845 07 07 620      :www.rappid.org.uk

The Herpes Viruses Association:             0845 123 2305      : www.herpes.org.uk

LEARNING DISABILITIES AND MEDICINES INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

National Society For Epilepsy (epilepsy and learning disabilities):            01494 601 400      : www.epilepsynse.org.uk/pages/info/leaflets/learning.cfm

The Elfrida Society (accessible health information for people with learning disabilities):             020 7359 7443      : http://www.elfrida.com/health2.htm

SCOPE (cerebral palsy):             0808 800 3333      : www.scope.org.uk

MENCAP:             0808 808 1111      : www.mencap.org.uk

LIVER and KIDNEY

British Kidney Patient Association:             01420 47 20 21      : www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk

British Liver Trust:             0870 770 8028      : www.britishlivertrust.org.uk

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation:             0121 212 3839      : www.childliverdisease.org

National Kidney Federation:             08456 01 02 09      : www.kidney.org.uk

National Kidney  Research Fund:             0845 070 7601      : www.nkrf.org.uk

MEN’S HEALTH
Lovelife Matters (for female partners of men with erection problems):            0800 068 2204      : www.lovelifematters.co.uk

Men’s Health Forum:             020 7388 4449      : www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Men’s Health on the BBC: www.bbc.co.uk/health/mens

NetDoctor Erectile Dysfunction Community:www.netdoctor.co.uk/erectiledysfunction/index.shtml

Sexual Dysfunction Association:             0870 774 3571      : www.sda.uk.net

MENTAL HEALTH
Depression Alliance:             0845 123 23 20      : www.depressionalliance.org

First Steps to Freedom (anxiety disorders):             0845 120 2916      : www.first-steps.org

Hearing Voices Network:             0845 122 8642      : www.hearing-voices.org

Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill:             020 8458 2223      : www.jamiuk.org

Making Space:             01925 571 680      : www.makingspace.co.uk

MDF The BiPolar Organisation:             08456 340 540      : www.mdf.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation:             020 7803 1101      : www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind:             0845 766 0163      : www.mind.org.uk

National Institute For Mental Health in England:             0113 25 45 127      :www.nimhe.org.uk

OCD Action:             0845 390 6232       (for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder):www.ocdaction.org.uk

Psychiatric Medication Helpline (South London & Maudsley NHS Trust):            020 3228 2999

Rethink:             020 8974 6814      : www.rethink.org

SANE:             0845 767 8000      : www.sane.org.uk

Young Minds:             0800 018 2138       (Parents’ Information Service):www.youngminds.org.uk

MIGRAINE and PAIN
Action On Pain:             0845 603 1593      : www.action-on-pain.co.uk

Migraine Action Association:             01536 461 333      : www.migraine.org.uk

Migraine Trust:             020 7462 6601      : www.migrainetrust.org

Pain Concern:             01620 822 572      : www.painconcern.org.uk

Pain Relief Foundation:             0151 529 5820      : www.painrelieffoundation.org.uk

MUSCLES, BONES AND JOINTS
Arthritis Care:             020 7380 6500      : www.arthritiscare.org.uk

Arthritis Research Campaign:             +44 (0) 300 790 0400      : http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org

Back Care:             0845 130 2704      : www.backcare.org.uk

Brittle Bone Society:             080 00 282 459      : www.brittlebone.org

Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association:             01905 745 595      : www.ccaa.org.uk

LUPUS UK:             01708 731 251      : www.lupusuk.com

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society:             020 8948 9117      : www.nass.co.uk

National Osteoporosis Society:             0845 450 0230      : www.nos.org.uk

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society:             0800 298 7650      : www.rheumatoid.org.uk

UK Gout Society: www.ukgoutsociety.org

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS
Alzheimer’s Society:             0845 300 0336      : www.alzheimers.org.uk

Brain and Spine Foundation:             0808 808 1000      : www.brainandspine.org.uk

Epilepsy Action:             0808 800 5050      : www.epilepsy.org.uk

Epilepsy Bereaved:             01235 772 852       (24 hours): www.epilepsybereaved.org.uk

Huntingdon’s Disease Association:             020 7223 7000      : www.hda.org.uk

National Society for Epilepsy:             01494 601 400      : www.epilepsynse.org.uk

Neurological Alliance:             020 7566 1540      : www.neural.org.uk

Motor Neurone Disease Association:             08457 62 62 62      : www.mndassociation.org

Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre:             0800 783 0518      : www.msrc.co.uk

Multiple Sclerosis Society:             0808 800 8000      : www.mssociety.org.uk

Multiple Sclerosis Trust:             01462 476 700      : www.mstrust.org.uk

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign:             020 7720 8055      : www.muscular-dystrophy.org

Parkinson’s Disease Society:             0808 800 0303      : www.parkinsons.org.uk

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association:             01939 270 889       (North):            020 7676 2128       (South East):             01934 316 221       (South West):www.pspeur.org

SORDERS

beat (eating disorders):             0846 634 14 14      : www.b-eat.co.uk

beat for young people: www.b-eat.co.uk/YoungPeople:             0845 634 76 50      :            07786 20 18 20       (textline)

National Obesity Forum:             0115 846 2109      : www.nationalobesityforum.org.uk

TOAST:             01279-866 010      : www.toast-uk.org.uk

Weight Wise: www.bdaweightwise.com

OLDER PEOPLE’S HEALTH
Age Concern:             0800 00 99 66      : www.ageconcern.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society:             0845 300 0336      : www.alzheimers.org.uk

Help The Aged:             020 7278 1114      : www.helptheaged.org.uk

ORAL HEALTH
Dental Health Foundation:             0845 063 1188      : www.dentalhealth.org.uk

UK and Ireland Internet Dental Guide: www.dentalguide.co.uk

PATIENTS AND CARERS
Patients Association:             0845 608 4455      : www.patients-association.com

Carers UK:             0808 808 7777      : www.carersuk.org

Crossroads Caring for Carers:             0845 450 0350      : www.crossroads.org.uk

Princess Royal Trust for Carers:             020 7480 77 88      : www.carers.org

RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS
Action Asthma: http://www.actionasthma.co.uk

Asthma UK:             08457 01 02 03      : www.asthma.org.uk

low cost, manually operated nebuliser pumps:  www.asthmarelief.co.uk

British Lung Foundation:             08458 50 50 20      : www.lunguk.org

Cystic Fibrosis Trust:             0845 859 1000      : www.cftrust.org.uk

SKIN
Acne Support Group:             0870 870 2263      : www.stopspots.org

LUPUS UK:             01708 731 251      : www.lupusuk.com

National Eczema Society:             0870 241 3604      : www.eczema.org

Psoriasis Association:             0845 676 0076      : www.psoriasis-association.org.uk

Skin Care Campaign: www.skincarecampaign.org

Vitiligo Society: 0800 01682631: www.vitiligosociety.org.uk

STOPPING SMOKING
ASH (Action on Smoking and Health UK):             020 7739 5902      : www.ash.org.uk

Go Smokefree (NHS Stop Smoking service):            :http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

QUIT:             0800 00 22 00      : www.quit.org.uk

The Time Is Right: www.thetimeisright.co.uk

TRAVEL MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk (choose “Travel Health” from menu)

NHS Travel Advice: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

Malaria: www.malariahotspots.co.uk

MASTA: www.masta-travel-health.com

National Travel Health Network and Centre: www.nathnac.org

Travel Health: www.travelhealth.co.uk

VACCINES
Department of Health:http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Policyandguidance/Healthandsocialcaretopics/Immunisation/index.htm
Health Protection Agency:http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/vaccination/vacc_menu.htm

UK Vaccine Industry Group (information for the public on vaccines): www.uvig.org

APMSD (general information about vaccines for children, adults and travel):www.apmsd.co.uk

WOMEN’S HEALTH
Amarant Trust (Menopause Info):             01293 413 000      :www.amarantmenopausetrust.org.uk

Endometriosis SHE Trust (UK): 08707 743 664/5: www.shetrust.org.uk

Family Planning Association:             0845 122 8690      : www.fpa.org.uk

National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome:             0870 777 2177      :www.pms.org.uk

National Childbirth Trust:             0870 444 8707       (enquiries) 8 (breastfeeding) /9 (pregnancy & birth): www.nct.org.uk

Endometriosis UK:             0808 808 2227      : www.endo.org.uk

Women’s Health: www.womenshealthlondon.org.uk

Women’s Health Concern:             0845 123 2319      : www.womens-health-concern.org

Women’s Health Information: www.womens-health.co.uk

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