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The websites below provide access to good quality patient information. Some cover specific age groups or conditions.

NHS Choices

Provides information about healthy living in the form of leaflets, audio and video material, and information to help you locate and use local NHS services. It also includes a Symptom Checker.

Patient UK

Provides information on many conditions and medicines, as well as links to national support and self-help groups.

There are online forums available for sharing personal experiences of different conditions. Please note that the site contains advertising.

NHS Local

A West Midlands NHS website with information about different conditions.

Lab Tests Online UK

Information about clinical laboratory tests, searchable by name of the test, or by the condition they are used for.

Health Talk Online

Contains video and audio files of personal experiences of 80 different conditions.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information on all types of cancer, along with discussion forums.

Telephone: 0808 808 0000

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Includes sections for information aimed at children and teenagers who are experiencing illness themselves.

Shropshire Council Community Directory

Information on a wide range of health and social care issues in Shropshire. The Community Directory gives details of many local support groups and organisations.

Further information

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

PALS will act on your behalf when handling patient and family concerns, they can also help
you get support from other local or national agencies. PALS, is a confidential service.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital,
Tel: 0800 783 0057 or 01743 261691

Princess Royal Hospital
Tel: 01952 282888

Hamar Help and Support Centre, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Information and support for people with cancer and other long-term and serious illnesses, their relatives and carers.

Email: hamarcentre@sath.nhs.uk
Telephone: 01743 261035

HealthWatch Shropshire

Healthwatch Shropshire is the new independent champion for people using health and care services in the county.

Citizens Advice Bureau, Shrewsbury

Telephone: 0344 499 1100

Shrewsbury Public Library

Telephone: 01743 255308

Telford Public Library (Southwater)

Telephone: 01952 382915

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