General resources 

The most comprehensive general health guide is at www.NHS.uk, but we have also compiled the following resources to complement that resource.  Click on the tabs to read more about each topic.

Foreign language resources- General

General leaflets

Adrenaline Autoinjectors (for severe allergy).  Advice for patients and carers on their use.

Age Concern Services (locally)

‘A guide to making the most of your food’.  Preventing malnutrition.

‘Malnutrition- Overcoming the problem’.  From the British Dietetic Association.

‘Dying Matters’ leaflets

‘Decisions about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’. A very helpful leaflet for patients and those close to them.

Cancer

Useful links:

Just diagnosed? – Cancer Information – Macmillan Cancer Support

Sunflowers | Liverpool Sunflower Cancer Care Centre providing holistic services to patients and families who have cancer.

Macmillan Grants. These are small, mostly one-off payments to help people with costs caused by or related to their cancer.

 

Cardiovascular resources

Drugs to avoid with Long QT Syndrome

How to eat less salt.  From Blood Pressure UK

How to eat more potassium (also good for blood pressure).  From Blood Pressure UK.

Blood Pressure: How to monitor at home and lower it naturally. From NB Hot Topics.

Angina.  A guide from the British Heart Foundation.

Warfarin and diet

 

Dermatology

Acne advice– from the British Association of Dermatologists

Atopic Eczema leaflet from the British Association of Dermatologists

Hyperhidrosis UK website (hyperhidrosis is a term for excessive sweating).

Psoriasis leaflet from the British Association of Dermatologists

Diabetes information leaflets

Diabetes UK has a fantastic website with all sorts of resources for people wanting to know more about Diabetes.

Links to leaflets on specific topics are below:

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes and Travel

Emotional issues and Diabetes

Dealing with illness

Pregnancy in diabetes

’15 Healthcare Essentials’ for people with Diabetes 

Diabetes, driving and the DVLA.

Hypoglycaemia

Hypos: The ups and downs.

Runsweet   Advice about Diabetes and sport/exercise.

Starting University with Diabetes

 

Drugs & Alcohol

Addaction, a UK based drug and alcohol treatment charity.  Useful online information, and details of local services.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal.

Calories in Alcohol.  The ‘Fewer Units. Fewer Calories’ campaign.

Drink Aware– Help, facts and advice about alcohol.

Sanctuary– Support for substance misusers, their families and their carers.

Strange Molecules – the essential facts on ‘legal highs’, plus help and advice

Talk to Frank.  Friendly, confidential drugs advice.

Gastroenterology

Bladder and bowel problems– a leaflet from Age UK

IBS leaflet from the British Dietetic Association.

IBS and diet.  Including advice about ‘FODMAPS’. From NB Hot Topics.

Coeliac UK website.  Lots of useful advice.

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme.  Information from NHS Choices

ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat)

Meniere’s Society.  The charity for people with people with dizziness and balance disorders. Good source of leaflets.

Rhinitis (itchy, runny nose, sneezing, congestion).  Advice on management.

Infectious Diseases

‘Get Well Soon’ without antibiotics (Information available in multiple languages)

‘Why did you not get antibiotics today?’ Information leaflet from the RCGP.

How long to stay off school with various illnesses.  Infection control advice from the hpa.

Routine Immunisation Schedule (from summer 2015)

Shingles Vaccination Leaflet   Details about eligibility

Does my child need an antibiotic?  From GP Out of Hours Service Northern Ireland.

Who should have the Flu jab?

Free self-sampling kits for HIV testing.

Learning Disabilities

Easyhealth.co.uk  Over 500 easy to understand health leaflets.

Lifestyle

12 Tips for weight loss success– a guide from NHS Choices

Drink less feel good–  See the calorie equivalent you drink each week and get personalised tips.

Mental Health

If you are seeking counselling/talking therapies for problems such as stress, anxiety and depression, you can access this locally by self referring to ‘Talk Liverpool’.

Alternatively you can seek counselling privately.  The Counselling Directory is a useful resource for finding a therapist to suit your needs.

Autism Services Directory

‘Autism and Mental Health’– a leaflet from Autistica UK

Self Help Guides. A range of fantastic leaflets from Mersey Care.

Adult ADHD self report scale.  This is not a diagnostic test, but may be useful for you to fill in if you think you may have ADHD, before seeing a GP. (WHO/Harvard Medical School)

Generalised Anxiety Disorder- Self Help

Autistic Spectrum Quotient 10‘ (for adults). This is not a diagnostic test, but a useful guide (recommended by NICE) for recognising when people may benefit from referral.  If you think you may be on the autistic spectrum, it may be helpful to complete this test before seeing your GP.  More information about Autistic Spectrum Disorder here. 

Common benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, and how to cope with them. 

Beacon Counselling Trust.  They offer free gambling counselling in Liverpool.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust raises awareness of depression and fights stigma so that people stay mentally well and get the help they need.

Dementia Information Service emails from NHS Choices. Sign up here.

Insomnia (Poor Sleep).  From Patient.co.uk.

The Mood Disorder Questionnaire.  A screening questionnaire for Bipolar Affective Disorder.  This is not diagnostic.  Always discuss results with your doctor if concerned.

Mood Gym.  On-line CBT

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Questionnaire.  A screening questionnaire for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  This is not diagnostic.  Always discuss results with your doctor if concerned.

Self Help on-line material- ‘Living Life to the Full’

Self Help Modules from the Centre for Clinical Interventions (Australia)

Sleepio– Online help for sleep problems, based on CBT

Social Phobia Questionnaire.  A screening questionnaire for Social Phobia.  This is not diagnostic.  Always discuss results with your doctor if concerned.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Self Help Resources. 

Musculoskeletal

Arthritis UK. A large selection of leaflets, for a range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Back pain. Printable exercise sheet from Arthritis Research UK.

Back pain. Video showing some useful stretches and exercises.

Exercises for Sciatica A printable PDF.

Foot pain.  (e.g. for Plantar Fasciitis and Achillies Tendinitis) Exercises from Arthritis Research UK.

Hip Pain.  An NHS exercise leaflet

Knee pain. Printable exercise sheet from Arthritis Research UK.

Knee Pain- leaflet for the management of Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome (Chondromalacia Patella)

Neck pain. Printable exercise sheet from Arthritis Research UK.

Shoulder pain. Printable exercise sheet from Arthritis Research UK.

Rotator cuff tendinopathy (Shoulder Impingement). Detailed leaflet from the Oxford Shoulder and Elbow Clinic.

Frozen shoulder.  Detailed leaflet from the Oxford Shoulder and Elbow Clinic.

Tennis elbow. Printable exercise sheet from Arthritis Research UK.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica.  Information from nhs.uk.

Gout and diet.  Information from the UK Gout Society.

Living with long-term pain: a guide to self management.  Very detailed, but very useful guide from Arthritis UK.

Neurology

Autism and Epilepsy. A leaflet from Autistica UK

Managing Chronic Migraine.  Written by Dr Silver at The Walton Centre, Liverpool. Reproduced with permission.

Dementia Fact Sheets  From the Alzheimer’s Society.

Relaxation exercises for people with headaches.  From the London Headache Centre.

First aid for epilepsy.  A poster from Epilepsy UK.

Epilepsy: Contraception, conception and pregnancy. From Epilepsy UK.

Epilepsy and driving.  From Epilepsy UK.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre Liverpool

Women and Epilepsy.  Advice on issues such as contraception and pregnancy, from Epilepsy Action.

Respiratory

How to use your inhaler from Asthma UK

Take the Asthma Control Test as a guide to how well your asthma is controlled.  You may be surprised by the result!

Breathe Easy support groups, for people with a lung condition and those looking after them.

BREATHE programme.  Supervised exercises and education classes for people with chronic lung conditions.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Information.  There is a good evidence for pulmonary rehabilitation improving your quality of life and reducing the chances of hospital admission.  This leaflet explains more about the service provided locally.

Safeguarding

Information for patients about Female Genital Mutilation.

Sexual Health

You can read about sexual health services at Brownlow Health here.  

Below are some other useful resources:

Brook.org.uk. Brook provides free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people up to the age of 25.
Sexual Health Liverpool.  Advice, support, and alternative local services.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre for Women in MerseysideHelpline: 0151 666 1392

Safe place Merseyside
Marie Stopes
Bpas
Free self-sampling kits for HIV testing.

Urology/Renal

Bladder and Bowel problems– A leaflet from Age UK

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patient information from National Kidney Federation

Dietary advice to prevent kidney stones. 

Should I have the PSA test?  From NB Hot Topics.

Patient decision aid for PSA testing.  This takes you through the issues in a lot more detail.

Overactive Bladder Syndrome.  A leaflet from Patient.co.uk

Overactive bladder syndrome– pdf advice sheet including bladder training advice.

International Prostate Symptom Score. If you are a male having urinary symptoms, that you think may be related to your prostate, if would be helpful if you could complete this score before seeing the GP.

Women’s Health

Combined contraception pill and thrombosis risk.

CoppaFeel.org   Advice and reminders for self-checking your breasts.

Information for patients about Female Genital Mutilation.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Patient information from NHS Choices

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