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On this page we have collected links to websites that can give you general health advice, and also websites that have information about specific conditions such as deafness, blindness, diabetes, mental health conditions such as depression, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  If you are a carer, or want to know more about care, then you can also click on the 'Care' tab above the title.

NHS DIRECT is set up as a part of the National Health Service.  They run a national health helpline, providing expert health advice and information.  The website contains information about health and health conditions, and explains how to contact them 24 hours a day.  

NHS CHOICES is an National Health Service run websiste which has medical advice, a facility for finding services, a Health A - Z, pages about Living Well, and a link to Carers direct, which is a website dedicated to carers.

NHS TRUSTS is a web page that lists all of the National Health Service Trusts in the UK, and links to their websites.

GPs: if you need to find a general practitioner in your area, then you can enter your postcode here, and a list of GPs will be returned.

DENTISTs: These web pages explain the National Health system for dentists, and on the right hand side of the page there are links to a number of other useful pages enabling you to find a dentist in your area, and pages about specific dental health problems as well as how to maintain dental health.

OPTICIANS: These web pages are about optometrists and dispensing opticians and on the right hand side of the page there are links to a number of other useful pages relating to your sight, eye checks, and maintaining healthy eyes, as well as a facility to find an optician in your area.

CHIROPODISTS: Chiropodists, also sometimes known as podiatrists, treat a wide variety of abnormalities and conditions of the foot and lower limb, from verrucas and ingrown toenails, to arthritis.  Chiropodists work with people of all ages, but also play an important role in helping older people, and disabled people, to stay mobile and independent.  This page explains how you can get chiropody treatment on the NHS, and has links to other web pages which give advice on how to look after your feet, and how to find a chiropodist in your area.

DEAFNESS: These are the web pages of the RNID - the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.  You can take a free hearing check using your computer, and there are also a number of pages with information and resources about hearing, hearing loss and deafness.

BLINDNESS: These are the web pages of the RNIB - the Royal National Institute for Blind People.  The RNIB runs a helpline, and the contact details are on this page.  In addition there is a great deal of information about sight loss and living with sight problems as well as programs for help and support.

DIABETES: These are the web pages of Diabetes UK - the charity for people with diabetes.  It contains a wealth of information about the condition and its treatment, as well as how to access their helpline, and support groups. 

ALZHEIMER'S: There are over 100 types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.  These are the web pages of the Alzheimer's Society.  Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.  The web pages contain information about dementia, its treatment, and how to contact your local branch.

MIND: Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.  On these web pages you can find a helpline number, a great deal of information about mental health and its treatment, including drugs used to treat mental health problems.  There are also pages written explaining legal issues relating to mental health.   There is a search facility to find your nearest local Mind association.

PARKINSON'S: These are the web pages of the Parkinson's Disease Society. You can access advice about Parkinson's and living with the condition, including advice about work, carers and benefits.  There is a helpline number to call, and an on-line forum where you can get advice and share your experiences. 

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