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The Stroke Association is a charity that supports stroke survivors in making their best possible recovery, works to improve stroke care and funds research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. To find out more about recognising the early warning signs of stroke, ways to reduce your risk of stroke, support services available and information for carers, please visit www.stroke.org.uk, email email@example.com or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 303 3100 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).
A mini-stroke (also known as TIA or transient ischaemic attack) is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours.
The FAST test can help identify the signs of a mini-stroke:
- FACIAL weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
- SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- TIME to call 999
If you, or someone else, show any of the signs of stroke you must call 999. There is no way of knowing whether you are having a mini-stroke or a stroke when the symptoms first start, so you need to seek immediate medical help.
If you think you have had mini-stroke and have not sought medical attention, see your GP urgently.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.
The Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line offers a direct link to confidential, professional advice from trained nurses who can answer your questions and offer a listening ear. The number is now FREE from landlines and mobiles.
Advice Line: 0808 801 0899
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke's vision is a Northern Ireland where chest, heart and stroke illnesses have been substantially reduced and where those affected receive high quality services to meet their needs. Contact NICHS on 028 9032 0184 or log onto www.nichs.org.uk
Different Strokesis a national charity which provides support to stroke survivors of working age and children. The charity provides practical information packs with information on services; benefits and rights; work after stroke. A child pack is also available. Its services also include the StrokeLine which is a helpline and online chat facility; a network of regional exercise and support groups; a regular newsletter with information on treatment and aids; and access to counselling services.
StrokeLine: 0845 130 7172 or 01908 317618
Carers Trust provides comprehensive support services for both carers and young carers, through a unique network of independently managed carers’ centres, schemes and interactive websites. Get in touch to find your nearest carers’ centre or scheme.
Phone: 020 8498 7900
Carers UK is a charity set up to support the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend, providing support, information and advice about caring and campaigning to make life better for carers.
If you need advice about your caring situation you can call or email.
Advice Line: 0808 808 7777 (weekdays 10am-4pm)
Cancer Hair Care provide services and support to people coping with hair loss, mainly due to chemotherapy treatment. They offer help and advice on a broad range of specialist cancer-related hair care subjects.
Breast Cancer Care is just a phone call or mouse-click away for anyone living with and beyond breast cancer. Their free helpline, information-packed website and online discussion forums offer a friendly ear and expert guidance. Across the UK, they also offer skilled emotional and practical support through a range of confidential, face-to-face services, helping people every step of the way.
Helpline: 0808 800 6000
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is dedicated to saving lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of breast cancer. Their website includes information about their work into breast cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, as well as an interactive guide to NHS breast screening and award winning health information on breast cancer signs and symptoms, risk factors, and family history.
Phone: 08080 100 200
The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline exists to ensure that those worried about their family history have access to full information on all the options currently available, referrals where appropriate, and full peer support for whatever option is chosen, as well as to ensure that those affected have the opportunity to make informed choices. It is also an important role of the Helpline to reassure those worrying unnecessarily.
Helpline: 01629 813000 (24 hours a day)
Macmillan Cancer Support provides quality assured, up-to-date cancer information, written by specialists for patients, relatives and carers. They also offer advice on how to deal with the practical, financial and emotional effects that a cancer diagnosis may have. No one should face cancer alone. If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, talk to the Macmillan team
Helpline: 0808 808 0000
Cancer Research UK carries out research to improve understanding of the disease and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer. It also runs a patient information website, which provides easy to understand information to the public. Anyone affected or concerned about cancer can also call their team of specialist nurses.
Helpline: 0808 800 4040 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Jo‘s Cervical Cancer Trust (Jo‘s Trust) is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only organisation that provides support to pancreatic cancer patients and their carers as well as undertaking vital research and raising awareness.
The No Surrender Charitable Trust is a cancer charity which provides an online cancer related social network and a fellowship which researches into cures for pancreatic cancer.
Positive Action On Cancer is a free professional one-to-one counselling service for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer or another life threatening illness.
Information on cancer, the risks, symptoms and diagnosis at BBC Science.
The Haven is a national breast cancer support charity with centres in Hereford, Leeds and London. The Haven offers a personalised, in-depth programme of psychological support and complementary therapies entirely free of charge, to breast cancer patients. Each patient can access up to ten free therapy sessions designed to meet their needs which complement their medical treatment. For those who cannot reach a Haven help is also available through a Haven at Home DVD, over the telephone and through the website.
For more information visit their website or call 020 7384 0000.
Epilepsy Action can provide information and advice on all aspects of epilepsy (including misdiagnosis). They offer a wide range of services and information to support anyone affected by epilepsy. Contact their freephone on 0808 800 5050, to their text message helpline on 07537 410 044, or visit www.epilepsy.org.uk
Young Epilepsy is a national charity supporting children and young people aged 25 and under living in the UK with epilepsy. For help or information, please contact the Young Epilepsy Helpline on 01342 831342, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Headway is the Brain Injury Association, a UK based charity set up to give help and support to brain injury survivors and their families through care centres and the promotion of development in medical services concerning brain injury.
If you have a question about brain injury you can call the confidential freephone helpline on 0808 800 2244.
Connect is a national charity, whose vision is a world where people with aphasia can find opportunity and fulfilment. They work to promote services, opportunities and a better quality of life for people living with aphasia.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) helps people regain the skills lost as a result of brain injury – whether caused by road accident, assault, stroke or illness- to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Phone: 01924 896100
Understand how to be Gas Safe at home - only use a Gas Safe registered engineer and always check the Gas Safe ID card.
Information regarding the symptoms, causes and treatments for Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.
CO-Awareness is a registered charity that supports the many victims of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and other products of combustion (POC), their families and friends.
The national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by Carbon Monoxide.
Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change the lives of people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. The charity specialises in assessments, teaching, training and consultancy. It also develops and distributes literacy support materials and undertakes research.
Give a Kidney is a charity that aims to raise awareness of altruistic living kidney donation. They can be contacted via the Give a Kidney website, or by writing to:
Give a Kidney – One’s Enough,
PO Box 65885
NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. Its remit includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales. It is also the organ donor organisation for the whole of the UK and is reponsible for matching and allocating donated organs.
For information on organ donation, and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register:
0300 123 23 23.
The NKF(National Kidney Federation) is the largest Kidney Patient Charity in the UK, run by Kidney Patients, for Kidney Patients. The charity lobbies for improvements to renal provision and treatment and provides National patients support Services ( Helpline, Advocacy and website) to 60,000 End stage CKD patients and 2 million Early stage CKD patients. They can be contacted by The National Kidney Federation website.
Kidney Research UK is a charity dedicated to funding life-saving research into the treatment, prevention and management of kidney disease. The Charity is also committed to improving patient care and raising awareness of kidney disease. Contact their Health Information service on: 0845 300 1499 or email: email@example.com. Alternatively, please visit : www.kidneyresearchuk.org. We've also been working hard researching Dexter and Sam's storyline, and spoke to experts the reality of organ donation.
Bipolar UK is a national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Contact them by phone on 020 7931 6480, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Access information on a wide range of mental health issues via the BBC Science website.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The Mind infoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. They are also able to provide details of local help and support. Contact them by phone on 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday or by email at email@example.com. Website: www.mind.org.uk
YoungMinds is a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Visit their website for information, support and advice or call the Parents Information Service helpline on 0808 802 5544, Monday to Friday between 9.30am –4.30pm.
Niamh Mental Wellbeing (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland. Through Beacon, they provide day, housing and advocacy support for anyone with experience of mental illness as well as support groups and learning programmes. Through Carecall they provide access to counselling and psychological therapies as well as mental health and wellbeing programmes, mainly in the workplace, colleges and higher education.
Phone: 028 9032 8474
Scottish Association for Mental Health exist to provide help, information and support; to campaign on behalf of people with mental health problems and to raise money to fund their work. They operate an information service from Monday to Friday between 2pm and 4pm. Information service staff and volunteers can answer general mental health enquiries, advise you on your rights and signpost you to your local services.
Phone: 0800 917 3466
The Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information & literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. Contact 0800 132 737, text "help" to 81066 or visit the Comunity Advice & Listening Line website.
Depression Alliance works specifically with people who experience depression and anxiety. They provide support and understanding to those who are affected, including friends and family of sufferers. They operate a national network of self-help groups, an online support forum and publish a quarterly magazine to ensure that nobody suffers alone. They also campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma about depression.
Information pack request line: 0845 123 23 20
SANE are a UK-wide charity set up to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness.
They has three objectives: to raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services and to provide care and emotional support.
Contact them by phone on 0845 767 8000 between 6pm and 11pm, or log onto the SANE website.
A website giving information, advice and support to relatives and friends of people with psychosis, including people who have schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Marie Stopes International is a leading independent provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare services. Through its network of health facilities and the 24 hour helpline ‘One Call’, Marie Stopes International offers contraception, STI and HIV testing and referral, unplanned pregnancy counselling, abortion information and advice and health screening, as well as non-judgemental, non-directive information and counselling for all of their services. NHS and private appointments are available.
One Call Helpline: 0845 300 8090 (24 hours)
The Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba) supports families with twins, triplets and more across the UK. They directly help parents and professionals to meet the unique challenges that multiple birth families face.
Their free helpline Twinline supports families and carers of twins, triplets and more, and is open every day from 10am to 1pm and 7pm to 10pm.
Twinline telephone number: 0800 138 0509
Do something amazing – give blood. 96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else.
For more information or to register as a blood donor:
0300 123 23 23
Details for the other Blood Services in the UK are:
Scottish National Blood transfusion Service
0845 90 90 999
Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
028 9032 1414
Welsh Blood Service (South Wales)
0800 25 22 66