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Useful Links/Numbers

Where do I go for clinical or disease information?cold

Best Treatments
Information is researched from the British Medical Journal and displayed in an easy to understand format.

Net Doctor
Attempts to break the language barrier between Doctors and patients regarding disease and illnesses.

QRisk
QRISK is a new calculator which works out your risk of getting heart disease. It has been developed by doctors and academics working in the UK National Health Service

Where can I get emotional and psychological support?

Big White Wall

Free online help and support 24/7 for Ivel Valley (Biggleswade and surrounding areas). www.bigwhitewall.com is a safe, anonymous service for people experiencing emotional or psychological distress provided entirely online. Professionally staffed 24/7 it offers a wide range of services for improving mental wellbeing including  tests, peer support, individual and group therapies, articles, tips and creative self expression. To  learn more, or to join, click on the link and enter your Ivel Valley postcode where prompted. 


Information on Healthier Living

BBC - Healthy Living
Simple, accurate advice from the BBC. Helps you to establish the dos & donts of living healthily.

lime Male Health
Fast, free independent information from the Men"s Health Forum.

Women’s Health Concern
Women"s Health Concern is a charitable organisation which aims to help educate and support women with their healthcare by providing unbiased, accurate information.


NHS Sites

NHS Constitution
The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care for All’ which was published on the 60th anniversary of the NHS and set out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for patients in England

NHS Choices
Aiming to personalise healthcare and provide information that will ‘allow patients to make meaningful choices about when and where to receive their treatment.’


Charity Websites

Cancerhelp
Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process

Cancer Backup

ribbonsEurope's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Diabetes UK
largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition

Asthma UK

This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it

Alzheimer’s Society

Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia.


Tips on evaluating the reliability of online medical information

  1. Use sites from reputable organisations you have heard of.
  2. Double check the information by looking for other sources.
  3. Check there are contact details for any organisation or people responsible for the information not just an email address.
  4. Look at the advertising - does it seem to unduly influence the site content?
  5. All articles should quote references that you can look up.
  6. Watch out for claims about the superiority of any particular treatment over another
  7. Is this information supplied with a date to make sure it has not been superseded by other research.
  8. Check the sites confidentiality policy.
  9. Beware of sites claiming to be the definitive source.
  10. Beware of sites that criticise others.

Chemists

Boots 01767 313278

Jardines 01767 313092

Lloyds 01767 313115 


District Nurse/Health Visitor/Midwife

01767 224161


Dental

Emergency/out of hours Dentist - please call NHS 111

Dental Surgeons Ballard And Tucker 01767 312970

R K Varma And Associates 01767 313896

S Vasir 01767 313182


Hospitals

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge 01223 245151

Bedford Hospital 01234 355122

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon 01480 416416

Lister Hospital, Stevenage 01438 314333

Luton And Dunstable Hospital 01582 491122


Primary Care Trust

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group  01525 624275



 
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