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Health Services - NHS & National Helplines

NHS Direct

Telephone: 0845 46 47 (24 hour local rate help line)

This is a 24 hour confidential helpline staffed by healthcare professionals including nurses, trained health advisors and dental advisors.  They can offer advice on what to do if you are feeling ill, if you have health concerns for you and your family, and information about local health and social care services, self help and support organisations.


Being Healthy

General health and hospital information site (from the NHS) for young people of all ages and parents by Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Child Development

There are two very useful websites available to offer advice about normal child development and milestones.


Mental Health Matters Helpline

This is an out-of-hours confidential emotional support and information service, provided by trained and experienced telephone help line workers.  You do not have to have a mental health problem to use this help line.  They provide information on many local and national services specific to mental health and other isssues.  People contact the helpline about many different issues such as bereavement, relationship problenms, family problems, loneliness/isolation, stress and carer's issues.


The helpline is open from 5pm to 9am Monday to Friday, and 24 hours at weekends and public holidays.  Telephone:  0800 013 0626