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  • See below for more resources on self-help and support groups

Websites about conditions and treatments

The websites below provide access to good quality patient and consumer health information. Some cover specific age groups or conditions.
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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. There are online forums available for sharing personal experiences of different conditions. Please note that the site contains advertising.

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.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Information on a variety of mental health problems including depression, eating disorders and stress, as well as a section on treatments and wellbeing.

Websites about self-help groups

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.

SelfHelp UK

Contain details of over 1,000 self help organisations, patient support groups and charities across the UK. Please note that some of the entries are for commercial products.

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.

Telephone: 01743 261035

HealthWatch Shropshire

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent champion for people using local health and care services.

HealthWatch Telford and Wrekin

Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin is the independent champion for people using local health and care services.

Citizens Advice Bureau, Shropshire

Telephone: 0344 499 1100

Citizens Advice Bureau, Telford

Telephone: 0300 330 1165

Shropshire Public Libraries

Telephone: 01743 255308 (Shrewsbury branch)

Telford and Wrekin Public Libraries

Telephone: 01952 382915 (Southwater branch)

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    "Magic mushrooms can 'reboot' brain to treat depression," reports the Daily Telegraph. The news is based on a small UK study that looked at the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in magic mushrooms, on patients with severe depression. All 19 patients said their depression improved immediately after taking psilocybin and almost half said they […]
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    "New warning to pregnant women: Do not sleep on your back in the last trimester as it could cause stillbirth, claim experts," the Mail Online reports. This rather overdramatic headline stems from a new study that investigated the effects of mothers' sleep positions on baby behaviour in 29 women in the final weeks of pregnancy. […]
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    "Shocking figures show there are now 124 million obese children worldwide," reports The Guardian. A pooling of records of height and weight in children from 200 countries found the numbers of children who are obese rose from less than 1% in 1975, to 5.6% of girls and 7.8% of boys in 2016. The numbers of […]