Health information links

Below is a list of websites which we feel patients may find useful. The list is not exhaustive and we welcome new suggestions.

Lifestyle

Leeds has some great programmes in place to help people lead healthy lives there is discounted or free access to a host of activities across the city. To get more information click and visit Leeds Lets Change

The NHS Choices website has got links to a wide range of information to support you. NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.

Foreign travel

We recommend you access www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk prior to a travel appointment.

Minor ailments

Perhaps the most searched for information regards advice about common conditions - coughs and colds, skin conditions etc. Often it isn't necessary to contact the practice. The most useful website for this is www.patient.co.uk.

Examples of leaflets on here would include:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/coughs-and-colds-in-children

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/warts-and-verrucas

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/cough-caused-by-a-virus

General information sites

NHS Direct On-line

Online version of the government sponsored NHS Direct service. Includes:

  • Self-Help Guide - conditions and care pathways.
  • Health Encyclopaedia - symptoms, diagnosis, treatments of conditions.
  • FAQs - details of operations and tests.

http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Clinical evidence for patients from BMJ Publishing.

Gives information on conditions and which treatments work, operations and tests, and decision support.
www.besthealth.bmj.com

Health talk online

Database of individual patient experiences, includes interviews with patients on a range of topics about living with a condition.
www.healthtalkonline.org

Hitting the headlines

Evaluation of health stories reported in the newspapers, and the underlying evidence.
www.nhs.uk/News/

Patient.co.uk

A website filled with patient information leaflets on a vast range of health problems. The articles are written by doctors for patients.
www.patient.co.uk

Specialist sites / Support groups

Addiction

www.lau.org.uk 

Leeds Addiction Unit (LAU). The local service for alcohol related issues. LAU prefer patients to self refer. They offer evening clinics.

http://www.talktofrank.com/ 

Deals with drug and alcohol addiction

http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

Smoking cessation

Allergy

Advice on all aspects of allergy including food allergy such as cows milk protein allergy.

www.allergyuk.org

Alzheimer's Dementia

This website gives advice on all aspects of Alzheimer's dementia for patients and their carers.

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Anaesthesia

Many patients, when scheduled for an operation, need answers to questions about their anaesthetic. This site has been developed by anaesthetists. Click the 'for patients' link.
www.rcoa.ac.uk

Cancer

Site managed by Cancer research UK.
www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/

Cancernet 
www.cancernet.co.uk

Carers

This website gives practical advice for carers of people in all different age groups

http://www.carersleeds.org.

Cerebral Palsy

This is an excellent American Website offering advice for patients/carers dealing with cerebral palsy.

CerebralPalsySymptoms.com

Diabetes

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Leeds Mental Health counselling

Mindwell is a new web resource for patients with mental illness in Leeds. There are contact numbers for counselling services and also patient information leaflets explaining common diagnoses like anxiety and depression.

https://www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/

Obesity

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Obesity/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Patients Association

Details of the Patients Association’s campaigns and publications.
www.patients-association.com

Selfhelp

These websites include some excellent self help literature and guides on conditions such as sleep disturbance, stress, depression, anxiety, low self esteem.

www.patient.co.uk/selfhelp

www.self-help.org.uk/directory

www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/ 

Sexual health

http://www.leedssexualhealth.com/

Gives information on testing for sexually transmitted infections including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea.

There is also information on the website about booking appointments for sexual health tests, contraceptive advice and the timing of drop in clinics.

Teenage health

http://www.themarketplaceleeds.org.uk/

The Market Place specialises in issues which affect people between the ages of 13 and 25 and living in Leeds.

Services offered include:

Sexual health: condoms, testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections eg chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Run by Leeds sexual health - see link below

Counselling on issues such as bereavement, bullying, sexuality, self harm is offered by trained and certified counsellors. Significantly the counselling service is endorsed by the local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) team who often refer patients into the Market Place themselves. 

 https://www.mindmate.org.uk/

 This is a good website to help teenagers to understand stress or emotional issues which they may experience including advice on self harm.

  www.leedslscb.org.uk/sexting.

 This link connects to a new initiative from Leeds Safeguarding Childrens Board. The aim is to reduce the dissemination of compromising photographs to the wider public by young people. In essence when publishing photographs via social media or sexting think carefully about the images you send. Work on the assumption that sooner or later your parents may see the photograph then decide if you still think it's a good idea to send it.

 

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