Useful Web Resources
The web is full of the most incredibly useful stuff and also masses of nonsense and sometimes downright dangerous rubbish. Much of it is involved in trying to sell you something. Where do you start in your quest for honest, safe and useful information?

We've taken away some of the worry and effort and checked out several hundred sites, listing the good and discarding the bad. Having been vetted by a doctor (which is distinctly better than being doctored by a vet!) we can say they offer mostly sensible and balanced advice and are packed with information and up to date news and services. We tend to stay with UK sites as there are approaches and services in other countries not always relevant to us.

Please always bear in mind our disclaimer that though we believe these sites to be useful and interesting,
we hold no responsibility for any of the information on them and must leave it to you to decide whether or not to believe any of it or follow any of the advice you see. We have no commercial interest in any of the sites mentioned.

We'll add more from time to time and take off those that degrade or offend. Please let us know your thoughts and
pass on any recommendations you have and tell us of any broken links.

Essential general health information sites

NHS Choices
The official site for everything about the NHS - a portal to services and a mass of excellent health advice & information
Patient UK      
Huge collection of reliable & informative Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) & other stuff
Best Health     
Up to the minute reliable health information from the British Medical Journal based on the latest research

BBC Health Pages    
Wide-ranging and mostly sensible information with useful links
Net Doctor   
Independent site full of expert advice, videos, symptom checker and other interesting stuff
Embarrassing Problems
For those horrible, embarrassing things we'd really rather not talk about
BUPA Health Info
Free useful comprehensive health information from a leading private health provider (non promotional)
Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital Patient Information Leaflets
A wide range of 850 leaflets about many operations and other hospital treatments - many are generic and not specific to their services


Being a patient

Patients' Association     
Representing patients and campaigning for better services. Helpline.
Expert Patients Programme     
Expert Patients Programme are free courses to give the confidence, skills and knowledge for patients to manage any chronic health condition
Healthtalk Online    
Share recordings of more than 2,000 people's experiences of over 60 health-related conditions and illnesses

Lab Tests Online
Make sense of those strange tests and the incomprehensible results
NHS Citizen
A new organisation representing the patient's voice in the NHS, eventually to become part of the patient representation structure in NHS England
Self Care Forum
Putting patients in control of their health

Mis-information

Quackwatch
An American non-profit site exposing some of the obvious and hidden quackery
Bad Science
The wonderful Ben Goldacre writes about various frauds, misunderstandings and generally misleading stuff
Margaret McCartney's blogsite
The GP author of
The Patient Paradox who exposes much that's wrong with modern health and the medicalisation of healthy people and the harm that we do them. Essential reading.

Travel

Fit for Travel
Scottish NHS site offering the best free, up to date and comprehensive travel advice
NHS Travel Advice
All the advice you need - not just vaccinations
MASTA
A travel health advisory organisation running clinics around the country and offering a free health briefing
Foreign & Commonweath Office
Useful current travel issues

Disability, Sensory problems (sight, hearing etc), Learning difficulties

Disabled Living Foundation
National charity providing independent advice on mobility aids, disability aids, daily living equipment.
Disability Rights UK
National charity representing disabled people and campaigning on their behalf
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Campaigning but also masses of useful information and products to help
Action on Hearing Loss
New name for Royal National Institute for the Deaf: campaigns, information, a shop and on-line hearing test
Hearing & Mobility
Just one of a growing number of such sites providing an excellent range of aids to keep people mobile and self-caring, with a local shop branch, Keep Able, in Mill Hill
Personal Independance Payment
This replaces the Disability Living Allowance and is designed to provide payments for personal care and mobility to help live an independent life.
DirectGov Disability Information
Essential information about benefits and entitlements from the Government Information service
Scope / DIAL
DIAL is a national network of local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people
UK Disabled Peoples' Council
National umbrella organisation of disabled people, run and controlled by, and representing the voices of disabled people in the UK.
British Dyslexia Association
Advice and support, lobbying and promoting best practice for those 10% of the population affected
Regional Driving Assessment Centre
Help with driving, or accessing vehicles as a driver or a passenger including driving assessments with an instructor

Age-related conditions, Dementia

Age UK
Information, advice, campaigning, helpline, local branches for meetings and support for people as they become older.
Dementia info - NHS
Useful information and links
Dementia UK
Information and advice, helpline and Admiral Nurse service
Housing Care
A charity run site providing free advice on elderly care, including specialist directories & information on nursing homes and residential care homes, as well as sheltered housing, extra care housing and retirement villages, across the UK.

Heart & Cardiovascular conditions

British Heart Foundation
Information, research fundraiser, learn CPR, helpline.
Stroke Association
Information about the condition and support services
Cardiac Matters
Independent site collating useful information
Heart UK
Everything you wanted to know about cholesterol- (a bit too much maybe)
Blood Pressure Association
Useful information on the issues around high blood pressure

Respiratory & Chest conditions

Asthma UK
Charity
dedicated to improving the health and well-being of sufferers.
Kick Asthma
Site for kids with asthma. Probably cool but how can I tell?
British Lung Foundation
Help with all lung conditions including COPD, local groups, BLF nurses, web forum etc.
British Thoracic Society
Professional society with useful public information pages.
COPD aware
Sponsored by drug companies but reasonable.

Gastro-intestinal (gut) conditions, Liver, Kidney

IBS Network
Supporting people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
British Liver Trust
For all things liverish; information and fundraising for research.
Coeliac UK
Useful information and recipes etc
Crohns & Colitis UK
Useful though website needs an update
National Kidney Federation
Lots of information of course , fora, advocacy etc
Kidney Research UK
Some useful information

Diabetes, Thyroid and other endocrine (hormonal) conditions

Diabetes UK
Comprehensive advice, news, service directory, campaigns, online shop, support line.
British Thyroid Foundation
Charity dedicated to supporting people with thyroid disorders and helping their families and people around them to understand the condition.

Allergies

Allergy UK
Allergy UK is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK. We provide a dedicated helpline, support network and online forum for those with allergy and intolerance.
Anaphylaxis Campaign
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity to exclusively meet the needs of the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Skin conditions

UK National Eczema Society
Information, news and helpline
Psoriasis Association
The leading national charity and membership organisation for people affected by psoriasis. News, forum, research etc
Vitiligo Society
The UK site for information, news, forum
Alopecia UK
Lots of useful advice and support, a forum and resources
Sunsmart UK
Skin cancer prevention and detection

Neurological (nerve) conditions

Migraine Trust
Good information, events, promotes research
Multiple Sclerosis Trust
Information and news, fundraising for research and lobbying
MS Society
Another great UK organisation devoted to Multiple Sclerosis support; helpline and information
Parkinson's UK
News and information with a helpline

Bones, Joints and connective tissues

Arthritis Care
From high quality information and support to empower you to take control of your arthritis, to campaigning for change - an award winning site
Arthritis Research UK
Masses of excellent information, advice, exercises, news and research

National Rheumatoid Society
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society provides support and information for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, their families, friends and carers
Lupus UK
LUPUS UK is the only national registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer support
lots of good information and signposts to support. Helpline (now merged with Cancerbackup
Cancer Advice
Huge collection of sites dealing with general and specific cancer topics
Cancer Research UK
We are the world's leading charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Lots of useful information
Breast Cancer Care
Information and support for anyone affected by breast cancer
Bowel Cancer UK
Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives by raising awareness of bowel cancer, campaigning for best treatment and care and providing practical support and advice
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
We fund lung cancer research, provide support, help people to quit smoking & give a voice to all those affected by lung cancer through our campaigning.
Prostate Cancer UK
Myeloma UK
Information , support and helpline
UK Lymphoma portal
UK charity that provides accurate medical information and support to lymphatic cancer patients, their families and friends.
Children with Cancer
Our aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer.
Sunsmart UK
Skin cancer prevention and detection

Mental health, Emotional, Psychological problems, Counselling

Central & NW London NHS Foundation Trust
Information and contact details for our local provider for mental health services
Rethink
Providing expert, accredited advice and information, including many free factsheets and webpages to everyone affected by mental health problems including people who use services, carers, family and friends, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. We also provide evidence to the media and government to improve mental health policy.
Together
Together is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey towards independent and fulfilling lives.
Mental Health Foundation
Leading research, policy, service improvement charity with useful resources
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.
WPF (Westminster Pastoral Fellowship)
A charitable organisation at London Bridge offering a variety of talking therapies - can help with reduced costs
Depression Alliance
Information support and contacts for people suffering from depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Information and advice
MIND
Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Sleep Council
All about sleep. Useful advice for those who can't
Bipolar UK
Support and information
Relate
The relationship people. Advice and counselling services
Samaritans
When you need someone to talk to - any time
Turning Point
A health and social care provider for those with substance use problems and mental health and learning difficulties
Royal College of Psychiatrists Information pages
The professionals' views on emotional and mental health problems
OCD UK
For obsessional-compulsive problems
Anorexia & Bulimia Care
For eating disorders
Beat
More help and support on eating disorders

Drugs, Smoking & Alcohol

NHS Smoking Cessation site
Lots of advice, motivational stuff and quit tools with free helpline
QUIT
National smoking cessation charity offering advice and services and campaigns
Addaction
Nartional charity involved with running a wide range of services to help people give up addictions to drugs and alcohol and also help to families and carers
Alcoholics anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Talk to Frank
Confidential email advice service and helpline and online resources explaining all about drugs for users and worried family and friends. Detailed, tells it as it is
Turning Point
A health and social care provider for those with substance use problems and mental health and learning difficulties

Sexual health

Family Planning Association
Advice on pretty much everything sexual and resources, clinics
Sexual Health Scotland
Excellent site for us down here too (and down there). Lots of online tools - very educational
NHS Choices sexual health pages
reasonably comprehensive and useful stuff, some on line assessments, videos
Kids Health
Vital stuff, really vital stuff about sex, contraception, infections
BBC STD information
Some good stuff on the nasties
Talking about sex
more NHS pages
Terence Higgins Trust
HIV & AIDS, the facts. Online advice
STD Clinics in London
GMFA
The gay mens' health charity

Womens' health

Womens' Health
This
site strives to improve the availability of accurate health information for women. Focusing on reproductive issues, visitors to this site will find articles on pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, PCOS, endometriosis, pregnancy complications and other issues important to a woman's wellbeing. Founded by a gynaecologist so it is reliable.
Womens' health on net doctor
Sound advice - some ads though
National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
Emma's Diary
All about pregnancy and after. Lots of selling (and some useful vouchers ) but lots of good stuff too.
The Baby Registry
Practical advice about what to do with those smelly, noisy creatures
BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
Advice on unplanned pregnancy
Marie Stopes
Contraception, unplanned pregnancy - helpline
Womens' Aid
Vital advice and help for those suffering from abusive relationships with a 24hr helpline and signposts to local services

Mens' health

NHS Direct Symptom Checker
Useful to see what those symptoms might mean
Prostate Cancer UK
Leading UK prostate cancer charity; information, advice and campaigns with a helpline
BBC on prostate cancer
Erectile dysfunction from BPAS
Marie Stopes Vasectomies
and more
GMFA
The gay mens' health charity

Childrens' health

National Autistic Society
The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
ADHD pages
Some information about this sometimes 'hidden' condition
Family lives
Families and childrens' relationships, support, free professional advice , courses, helping, forum
Childhood Immunisations, NHS
The schedules and detailed information about each vaccine
Meningitis Trust
Check the symptoms and find out about this condition
Childrens' Endocrine Condtitions
Dundee University site giving information sheets about a variety of conditions

Young people's health

Teenage Health Freak
One of the coolest sites on the net - don't let your parents see
NHS Young persons' sexual health pages
some really useful info
NHS for boys' health
NHS for girls' health
Youth Healthtalk online
See videos of young people talking about sex and health and their experiences
BPAS
Advice on unplanned pregnancy
Student Health

Professionals allied to medicine

British Association for Music Therapy
the professional body for music therapists and a source of information, support and involvement for the general public
Find a Physiotherapist
Also useful information on what they do and exercises you can do
British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.
Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Find a registered podiatrist or chiropodist

Caring & Voluntary sector

Carers UK
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends. We provide information and advice about caring alongside practical and emotional support for carers . Carers UK also campaigns to make life better for carers and influences policy makers, employers and service providers, to help them improve carers' lives
Volunteering England
Committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers.
Timebank
TimeBank is a national volunteering charity. Volunteering projects which are designed to tackle social issues.
Timebanking UK
Explains the concepts of Time Banking -
a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency. Can we set up a Time Bank in Kingsbury?
Share & Care
A homeshare organisation which specialises in placing live-in Sharers or live-out Carers with Homeowners - often widows, widowers or elderly couples - who need some practical help and companionship.
Housing Care A charity run site providing free advice on elderly care, including specialist directories & information on nursing homes and residential care homes, as well as sheltered housing, extra care housing and retirement villages, across the UK.
Careplace Brent
Community-based personal care and support services for people living independently in their own homes for all kinds to people of all ages and with any needs.

Complementary therapies

Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine
One of the main organisation that registers and regulates complementary and natural practitioners. Always make sure you use a safe and well-trained practitioner.
General Osteopathic Council
Everything you need to know about osteopaths from the governing organisation
British School of Osteopathy
Europe's largest osteopathic clinic in Hampstead offers low priced treatments for supervised teaching.
The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique works by helping you to identify and prevent the harmful postural habits that aggravate, or may be the cause of, stress, pain and under-performance.
British Acupuncture Council
Regulates traditional acupuncturists: find a safe one. Interesting information.
British Medical Acupuncture Society
Doctors with needles - a slightly different philosophy and practice
British Autogenics Society
A very useful deep form of relaxation using simple techniques. This technique has attracted a lot of research showing useful results
Association of Reflexologists
A fascinating and often helpful, simple and non invasive therapy. The association trains and regulates reflexologists
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy.
British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis is a national organisation of health care practitioners and academics. Dedicated to advancing the science of hypnosis and promoting the evidence-base for clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic tool

Local and General sites

London Borough Brent
Health & Social care pages Brent has a wide range of services to support our residents to live happily and independently.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Local branches
Benefits Agency
Get up to date on benefits and entitlements

Lab Tests Online
Make sense of those strange tests and the incomprehensible results
Give Blood
Every year the lives of thousands of people are saved or transformed through organ transplantation. Join the register.
Organ Donor Register
Would you take an organ if you needed one? Nearly everyone would. But only 29% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register
Medicalert
Speaks for you when you can't! MedicAlert® is the only non-profit making, registered charity providing a life-saving identification system for individuals with hidden medical conditions and allergies.
Barnhill Conservation Group
Fryent Country Park is a green oasis in the London Borough of Brent and has over 100 hectares of meadows, woods, hedgerows and ponds. There are over 800 species of wildlife. Barn Hill Conservation Group was formed in 1984 to help to conserve Fryent Country Park.
Roe Green Village Residents Association
Roe Green Village is a vibrant community in North West London. Originally built in 1916 for the workers of the nearby aircraft factories, the village was designed as a ‘Garden Village’ in the Arts and Craft style by Sir Frank Baines and to this day it maintains a village like atmosphere. In 1968 the local authority designated it a conservation area in order to “preserve and enhance” its unique character.

NHS organisation

Keep Our NHS Public
An pressure group of interested parties intent in keeping the NHS in the public sector and protecting it. There is an extensive and useful selection of documents detailing the recent NHS changes and ways to become involve in the campaign.
Healthwatch England
The new
independent consumer champion for health and social care in England.
Care Quality Commission
Responsible for inspecting and ensuring the meeting of national standards in GP surgeries, hospitals, dentists and care homes.
Monitor
promoting the provision of health care services which is effective, efficient and economic, and which maintains or improves the quality of services.