For Patients

Al-Anon Family Groups Al-Anon family groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking.
Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Alzheimer's Society Provides practical help, support and information on all forms of dementia and on the services, benefits, befriending and other resources available for people with dementia and their carers.
Antibiotic information leaflet An information leaflet from the HPA / RCGP which explains the natural history of self-limiting illnesses and why antibiotics may be best avoided.
Arthritis Care Arthritis charity providing information, a helpline, self-management programmes and a network of branches and groups.
Beating the blues Online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) made up of 8 weekly sessions. Funded by most PCTs.
Bipolar UK A charity supporting people with bipolar disorder, their families and carers.
Bladder & bowel UK Large collection of leaflets regarding continence in adults and children.
BootsWebMD Provides patients with GP reviewed, UKspecific health information, especially regarding medicines.
Breast cancer now Breast cancer charity with useful online information for patients.
British Lung Foundation Online resources and local support groups for those with respiratory conditions.
BUMPs Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy provides leaflets for the public on the risks posed by various medicines in pregnancy.
Children's sleep charity Provides leaflets and training to professionals and parents on managing childhood sleep issues
Coeliac UK Charity supporting those with Coeliac disease.
Colostomy Association Offers support and practical information to anyone who has, or is about to have, a colostomy.
Contraceptive options An online guide from the Family Planning Association on the full range of options for contraception.
Crohn's and Colitis UK Charity that supports those with inflammatory bowel disease.
Cruse Charity offering free support to bereaved people.
Decision aids - NHS A large number of decision aids to assist in shared decision making between patient and clinician.
Decision aids - Patient.info A small collection of patient decision aids from patient.info
DELTA Deaf Education through Listening and Talking is a national charity supporting deaf children, their families and practitioners who wish to follow an auditory aural route
Down's Syndrome Association Charity that focuses on all aspects of living successfully with Down's syndrome.
Education and resources for improving childhood continence A charity providing information and support to children, families and healthcare professionals on bladder and bowel problems.
Feeling overwhelmed – helping you stay safe Advice and resources from the RCPsych for people in distress; includes links to many support organisations.
Fit For Travel This is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK.
Flying with confidence A day's course run by British Airways to help people overcome their fear of flying.
Flying without fear A day's course run by Virgin to help people get over the fear of flying.
Gam-Anon Gam-Anon arrange meetings to support families and friends affected by someone else's gambling problem.
Gamblers Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
Heads2gether National head and neck cancer support group.
Healthtalk Provides patient's perspectives and experiences of illness including videos. This is for the benefit of other patients going through similar problems, or health professionals.
How to take a urine sample handout A leaflet that explains how to take an MSU
HRT patient decision aid Patient decision aid based on an MHRA report from 2007 on the harms from HRT.
Lab Tests Online Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help patients understand clinical laboratory tests.
La Leche League Charity offering mother-to-mother breastfeeding support.
Living Life to the Full The Living Life to the Full course provides free access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills. It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques.
Lupus UK A charity supporting people with SLE and discoid lupus as well as those approaching diagnosis.
Mental health leaflets Leaflets from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on a wide range of mental health problems.
Miscarriage Association Provides information and support for those affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.
MoodGYM Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Moodjuice self-help resource site A good collection of self-help resources / leaflets for psychological problems.
My contraception tool An online questionnaire for patients from the FPA that will suggest suitable contraception options dependent on lifestyle etc.
Narcotics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
National Childbirth Trust Provides parents with impartial information so that they can decide what?s best for their family, and introduces them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.
National Deaf Children's Society NDCS provides information and support for families with deaf children.
National travel health network and centre (NaTHNaC) Travel information for doctors and patients.
Natural Parents Network Natural Parents Network is a self help organisation, which offers non-judgmental, confidential and independent support to people who have lost children to adoption.
NCDSW Phoenix The National Council for the Divorced Separated and Widowed offers support for those going through separation, divorce or bereavement.
NHS Choices This site pulls information from NHS Evidence, the Information Centre for Health and Social Care and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). NHS Direct has also been integrated with it. It helps patients find NHS services as well as having about 20,000 articles.
On-line therapy resources List of NICE approved on-line mental health resources including on-line CBT
Overeaters Anonymous Offers a programme of recovery from compulsive eating using the twelve steps (as used by alcoholics anonymous)
Patient.info A large range of patient leaflets on various conditions, as well as lots of information directed at health professionals. Previously called patient.co.uk
Pelvic floor exercises A leaflet explaining how to do pelvic floor exercises
Samaritans 24/7 helpline for people in distress. 116 123 (free)
Sands Stillbirth and neonatal death charity that offers support to anyone affected by the death of a baby.
Sane Mental health charity offering patient support line each evening 6-11pm. 0300 304 7000
Scope Charity that supports disabled people and their families through practical information and support.
Self-help resources from Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust A good collection of self-help resources / leaflets for psychological problems.
Speakability Speakability is the national charity dedicated to supporting and empowering people with aphasia and their carers. Now merged with the stroke association.
Stay Alive suicide prevention mobile app Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else.
Stop bedwetting Resources for professionals and patients about bedwetting. It is sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.
Strategies for people who self-harm From Masha Bennett's Practical Happiness website, to help people avoid self-harm.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Offers emotional and practical support to those bereaved by the suicide of a close friend or relative.
TAMBA The Twins and Multiple Births Association is a charity that offers support to parents and professionals dealing with multiple births.
The Brain Tumour Charity Charity offering support to those with brain tumours as well as funding research and raising awareness of the condition.
The Compassionate Friends TCF is a charitable organisation of bereaved families who offer support to other bereaved families who have suffered the death of a child/children.
Valproate pregnancy resources Includes the annual risk acknowledgement form and educational resources for patients and professionals
Veterans Welfare Service Provides support for anyone who has served in the UK's armed forces, from benefits to housing. 0808 1914218
Women's aid Charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. Free 24hr helpline for victims. 0808 2000 247
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