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Patient Information

Good quality patient information is very important. Here are some resources clinicians and patients may find useful:

Behind the Headlines – your guide to the science that makes the news.

Health Talk – contains interviews with young people and other people’s experiences of illness and support information.

Easyhealth - For people who have learning disabilities, or who struggle with English, EasyHealth can be a really useful resource for leaflets. The website’s got different ones for lots of common health conditions, and others that explain common medical procedures like having blood taken.

LabTest Online - to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.

NHS Choices – provides information about healthy living and getting the best out of the NHS.

Patient.co.uk – health information used by GPs and nurses for supporting patients and carers.

Patients’ Tales – useful information of people who have written about their own illnesses to give an insight.

Pubmed Health - provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. It specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports.

Self Management UK -self-management courses to support patients manage long-term health problems.

Testing Treatments – promoting critical thinking about treatment claims.

Understanding Health Research – a tool for making sense of health studies.

There are many more sources of high quality patient information available – just search NHS Evidence Search, and filter by “patient information”.

Patient information videos

Short videos on navigating health information online created by Aberdeen City Libraries.

Patient information at Basildon

BTUH Patient Information leaflets

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Patient information at Harlow

Patient Experience Team

Other useful links

North East Essex Clinical Commisioning Group. They are responsible for commissioning most health services for the people of north east Essex, including hospital care, community health services, mental health services, learning disability services and urgent and emergency care, excluding primary care.

HealthWatch Essex is an independent voice for the people of Essex. They gather and represent your views about health and care services in the county to help improve them.