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  • See below for more resources on conditions and treatments



  • 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.

Email: hamarcentre@sath.nhs.uk
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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    "Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy," BBC News reports. The news comes from research into whether people with cancer might respond differently to cancer treatment depending on the bacteria in their gut. Researchers specifically looked at a type of cancer treatment called immunotherapy. This involves stimulating the immune system to attack cancerous cells – in this […]
  • Could a blood test in middle age predict dementia risk?
    "Tissue inflammation blood test points to dementia risk," is the headline in The Times. Researchers in the US say people who have higher measures of inflammation in middle age are likely to have less brain tissue in some parts of their brain in older age. The differences in brain volume, seen on MRI scans, were […]
  • Acid reflux drugs linked to increased stomach cancer risk
    "A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer," reports The Guardian. Researchers wanted to investigate whether there's a link between medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and stomach cancer. Widely used PPIs include esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole and rabeprazole. PPIs are used […]
  • Nutrient drink for Alzheimer's has disappointing result in trial
    A new study investigating the effects of a nutrient drink for Alzheimer's disease has led to very different headlines in the media. While BBC News tells us the "Alzheimer's nutrient drink falters in clinical trial", the Daily Mirror reports the drink "could help stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists". The trial investigated the effects […]
  • Marriage may help lower dementia risk
    "Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers," BBC News reports. The news comes from a study looking at the link between social relationships and the risk of developing dementia. The study included a large group of adults aged over 60 who didn't have dementia. They were asked […]