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After Trauma

A service that aims to provide a community for patients and families to rebuild lives and support each other after experiencing a traumatic injury. The website contains information and resources to help survivors and families on the recovery journey. There is also a chat site where trauma survivors and their supporters can connect, and some trauma clinicians also post there.

Website: www.aftertrauma.org

Assist

Help and support for people who suffer from severe trauma.

Phone: 01788 560800

Website: www.assisttraumacare.org.uk

Asthma UK

A charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.

Helpline: 08457 01 02 03

Website: www.asthma.org.uk

BBC Health

A useful and helpful website covering many areas of health and illness.

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/health

BRAKE

A road-safety charity dedicated to stopping deaths and injuries on roads and caring for people whose relative or friend has been killed or injured on the road.

Phone: 01484 559909

Website: www.brake.org.uk

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

For details of counsellors and psychotherapists in your area.

Phone: 01455 883300

Website: www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

British Heart Foundation

A charity that gives information and support on the health of your heart.

Helpline: 08450 70 80 70

Website: www.bhf.org.uk

British Lung Foundation

A charity supporting people affected by lung disease, who promote greater understanding of lung disease and campaign for change in the nation’s lung health.

Helpline: 03000 030 555

Website: www.blf.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people deal with their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

The Colostomy Association

Providing support and information to anyone who has a colostomy.

Helpline: 0800 587 6744 or 0800 328 4257

Website: www.colostomyassociation.org.uk

The Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory provides a huge support network of counsellors, enabling visitors to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.

Helpline: 0844 803 0252

Website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care provides counselling, support, information, advice, education and training services to the friends and relatives of someone who has died, to help them understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Helpline: 0844 477 9400

Young person’s helpline: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Diabetes UK

The largest charity in the UK for the care and treatment of people with diabetes.

Helpline: 0845 120 2960

Website: www.diabetes.org.uk

The Encephalitis Society

The Encephalitis Society is an international charity dedicating to supporting those affected by encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and their families. They provide a support line via telephone, email and skype and evidence-based information via books, factsheets and website; raise awareness about the condition and its consequences; and conduct research and work in partnership with researchers.

Helpline: 01653 699599

Website: www.encephalitis.info

Headway

A charity that aims to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.

Helpline: 0808 800 2244

Website: www.headway.org.uk

Health Talk Online

A helpful website covering a wide variety of personal experiences of health and illness. It includes video interviews of people who have been through different

illnesses and includes sections for intensive care patients and their relatives.

Website: www.healthtalkonline.org/Intensive_care/ (for patients)

Website: www.healthtalkonline.org/Intensive_care/Intensive_care__experiences_of_family__friends (for patients’ relatives)

HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity

The charity passionate about raising awareness and preventing premature deaths caused by high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease

Helpline: 0845 450 5988 Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm. Dietetic advice available in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi on Fridays

Website: www.heartuk.org.uk

Community: www.heartuk.org.uk/healthunlocked

Hypnotherapy Directory

The Hypnotherapy Directory provides details of professional hypnotherapists across the UK.

Phone: 0844 803 0253

Website: www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk

ICU Delirium

This website on ICU Cognitive Impairment and Delirium was developed for both lay readers and medical professionals. The goal of this website is to enhance awareness of and improved monitoring for brain dysfunction as an acute and chronic ailment that people suffer from when they develop critical illness.

Website: www.icudelirium.org

Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC)

ICNARC is a charity that is dedicated to improving intensive care treatment and helping patients to get better sooner, with fewer complications. It has useful information for patients and relatives including an excellent list of contacts for people with specific illnesses.

Website: www.icnarc.org/patients

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and campaign for better cancer treatment.

Helpline: 0808 808 2020

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

Meningitis Trust

Meningitis can strike in an instant, but its impact can last a lifetime. We know that meningitis and septicaemia can turn your life upside down. At the Meningitis Trust we are here to help, when you need us for as long as you need us.

Helpline: 0808 80 10 388

Website: www.meningitis-trust.org

NHS Direct

An NHS service with a health encyclopaedia that allows you to get information on a range of medical conditions, symptoms, types of surgery, medicines, and health and lifestyle advice.

Phone: 0845 4647

Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

NHS Smoking Helpline

An NHS phone line and website with detailed information about the free NHS support services for people trying to stop smoking.

Helpline: 0800 022 4332

Website: www.nhs.uk/gosmokefree

NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)

The NICE website contains information on a broad range of medical issues.

Website: www.nice.org.uk

PatientUK

This website allows people to download, or listen to, evidence-based information leaflets covering a wide range of medical and health topics.

Website: www.patient.co.uk

Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of support services for carers in the UK.

Phone: 0844 800 4361

Website: www.carers.org

Samaritans

Samaritans provides confidential, unbiased emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who feel distressed, desperate or suicidal.

Helpline: 08457 90 90 90

Website: www.samaritans.org

Spinal Injuries Association

A support charity for people suffering from spinal-cord injuries.

Helpline: 0800 980 0501

Website: www.spinal.co.uk

The Stroke Association

An organisation that provides support and information on strokes and guidance on coping with life after a stroke.

Helpline: 0845 3033 100

Website: www.stroke.org.uk

The UK Sepsis Trust

The UK Sepsis trust work to promote awareness of sepsis, improve treatment of this condition and provide support to sepsis patients and their relatives.

Phone: 0845 606 6255

Website: www.sepsistrust.org

Winston’s Wish

A charity for children whose parent, brother or sister has died. Winston’s Wish helps them to rebuild their lives and face the future with hope.

Helpline: 08452 03 04 05

Website: www.winstonswish.org.uk