Useful Patient Websites

Shoreditch Park and City PCN website:

General health information & leaflets:


Health A-Z conditions and treatments from NHS Choices:

Leaflets used by the Lawson Practice about medical conditions

Healthunlocked: Charities and online communities sharing health info.


By patients for patients:


Videos of patients explaining what it is like to have different medical conditions: 

Patient Voices. Stories by patients and carers

Expert Patients Programme:

DWP Examination. Free Speech for the Disabled. Support with benefits and appeals


Understanding which treatments work:


Shared Decision Making: Patient decision aids to help you choose the right treatment

Behind the Headlines guide to the science that makes the news: 

How to make sense of health stories in the news: 


Smart Health Choices: How to assess the evidence behind healthcare claims. Free book from Sense about Science

Testing treatments: Better research for better healthcare. Free book from The James Lind Library

The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed-up medicine is bad for your health: Excellent book by GP, Margaret McCartney

Screening: What are the issues you need to think about? 

Sources List -NHS Evidence: Links to websites


A-Z of websites not included above:


Addiction information:

Ageing and elderly care: Caring for your elderly family members:

Alzheimers and other types of dementia 

Angina: A patient-centred website:




Back pain, sports injuries, arthritis and more: Exercises recommended by our local physiotherapists (Canadian website for back pain and other joint problems and sports injuries)

Chronic pain. Help for pain that won't go away Excellent patient and professional website from Sheffield Mindfullness based relaxation and cognitive therapy for chronic pain


Cancer: Patient information from Cancer Research UK 


Citizens Advice Bureau



Information for parents whose babies cry a lot:


Dying Matters: help with talking about death and dying for patients, families and professionals.


Eye problems: Patient information leaflets:


Family Planning Association: Sexual health and contraception advice for patients and professionals


Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)


Learning difficulties. A-Z of issues:


Medication- information about side effects and much more  

Migraine Trust - helping migraine sufferers take control


Overeaters anonymous:


Palliative care. St Joseph’s hospice, Mare Street:

Pregnancy: Excellent website from NHS Choices

Screening: Making sense of medical screening from Sense about Science


Unexplained symptoms. A website helping you understand weakness/ numbness/ blackouts and other symptoms you & your GP may have trouble explaining


Mental health:

Free NHS talking therapies in Hackney 

The Big White Wall. Mental health support for young people. Get support, take control, feel better.   

British Asssociation for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK

Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Living Life to the Full & The Mood Gym

MIND Mental Health charity: 

International Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder Foundation

One in Four. Want to know more about mental health? Real life stories from people who’ve been through it and lived to tell the tale.

The Centre for Better Health:

Sane. National mental health charity. Phone and email support.


Health related blogs and other websites:

A Better NHS. Dr Tomlinson's blog, long pieces examining General Practice

Dr Margaret McCartney. A GP's view of health policy and an expert on screening

Dr No. Witty, erudite insights into political meddling with General Practice

Keep Our NHS Public - campaigning to put NHS patients before private profits

Mental Health Cop, Mental health and the law

The Jobbing Doctor. Brief, illuminating insights from a GP




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