Contact details for useful health and community resources
Please find below a list of useful contact details for health and community resources. More will be added in time - this is just a start - and if you feel any are of specific use you would like us to add, please let the practice know.
We have included some useful health websites for information and access. We do not check these sites for accuracy and do not necessarily endorse their content by inclusion, but we and other patients have found them a very useful web resource for the community:
Health related websites
General Sites for all patients
www.NHS24.com Useful health information/advice from trained advisors 24 hours per day. Contact point out of normal surgery hours should you wish to access medical services
www.patient.co.uk Excellent resource of comprehensive health information with downloadable leaflets about most conditions and treated treatments aimed at patients and families.
British Heart Foundaton. Excellent resource for patients with information on how to prevent heart disease, what treatments are available and what you can do yourself.
British Tinnitus Association. For patients with persistent ear ringing. Registered charity provides free telephone support, advice and information from health professionals, as well as funding research in the UK.
Cancer support helpline. Excellent website and telephone resource, with trained advisors, for anyone who has a cancer diagnosis. Support to families also.
Deaf Society Scotland: Website of the Royal National Institute of the Deaf, packed full of useful information.
Dementia support. The Alzheimer's Society, useful site to give support to those living with dementia.
Depression: how to manage it and live life to the full. Excellent online resource to help people with depression manage their illness. Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) resource is excellent and entirely free. What is CBT? Take a look - its one of the best forms of treatment for mild depression.
Diabetes UK. Patient focussed website providing useful information on diabetes.
Embarrasing Problems. Want some information to help you deal with those worrying health problems that are difficult to talk about with anyone?
Epilepsy Action. Formerly the British Epilepsy Association, support and advice for patients and families.
Fertility Support: Support group, advice and downloads for people concerned about fertility problems and accessing treatment.
Hypermobility Association: Good advice and information for the estimated one in ten people with very mobile joints (sometimes known as "double-jointed")
Learning Disability Support: Advice and help for clients and families of those with a learning disability or difficulty. Includes on-line chat forum.
Meningitis: what to look for. Advice and useful guidance for parents and anyone concerned about meningitis
Menopause matters. Useful site that provides information on coping with the transition through the menopause, treatments on offer and benefits and risks of HRT.
Osteoporosis Society: Charity dedicated to improving treatment and support for patients with osteoporosis.
Personality Disorder Support. A new charity set up to support people with personality disorders, with information, advice and where to seek help. Aims to combat stigma and discrimination against people with this diagnosis.
Samaritans: 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, support helpline ran by trained volunteers if you feel you have nowhere to turn and you cannot cope.
Smoking: how to stop without pain! Fantastic NHS Scotland resource, with ability to chat online with a trained NHS Smoking cessation advisor. Alternatively, come into the surgery and ask for an appointment with our in-house smoking cessation advisor, Katie. You dont even need to see the GP first!
Stroke Association. Education, support and advice for patients and relatives affected by stroke. Do you know what to do if a loved one experiences symptoms of a stroke? Remember the rule: act FAST!
Brora Village Website. This is a fantastic local community resource ran by a couple of Brora residents. The site packed with links to useful information detailing community services, current issues, where to seek help and advice for many problems, and all the related 'social glue' of charities, organisations and individuals offering services or help to others that makes living in our communities special. Well worth a look!
Helmsdale Community Website. Another fantastic community resource for residents of Helmsdale, Portgower and neighbouring settlements. Lots of useful information for people in the area, or potential visitors. A site the village should be proud of.
Highland Council: Website for the local authority, including who to contact if you need help from social services, environmental health and other local services.
The following is a list of local support groups, organisations and activities in Brora, undertaken by the PPG. Take a look, there will be something for everyone, so if you have an interest, please contact them! We hope to provide a similar list for Helmsdale when we can get a volunteer member to take this work on.