Consumer health information
This is a list of recommended health information resources and links to local public libraries for NELFT staff to signpost patients, carers and the public to. Your department may have patient information leaflets or other resources which should be used first.
You can also use these resources to support your personal health and wellbeing.
Staff can attend our hands-on training session Going beyond Dr. Google, which is aimed at anyone who would like to be able to give good information to patients, clients, or service users. which see http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/library-training for more details.
Choice and Medication – The Choice and Medication website is aimed at helping you make an informed decision about your treatment, with help and advice on mental health conditions and the medication used to treat them. Nearly all the information you want and need is available on the site. http://www.choiceandmedication.org/nelft/
healthtalk.org – Find information and support for a range of health issues from seeing and hearing people’s real life experiences. Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like to have a health condition such as breast cancer or arthritis. http://www.healthtalk.org/
Lab Tests Online – Information to help patients understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. https://www.england.nhs.uk/tis/our-members/certified-organisations/
The NHS website – This site is committed to providing trustworthy information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare. NHS Choices ensures its content is evidence-based and includes the best scientific knowledge available. Includes health, well-being and social care information and local services and support. Guide to searching NHS Choices is a practical guide for searching NHS Choices. http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
Your local public library is a great source of information and activities in support of health and well-being.
Find your nearest public library at https://www.gov.uk/local-library-services or visit your area’s library website:
- Barking & Dagenham Libraries https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/leisure-libraries-and-museums/libraries/
- Essex libraries http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/
- Havering Libraries https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20039/libraries
- Redbridge Libraries http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/
- Waltham Forest Libraries https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/service-categories/libraries
The Reading Agency’s Reading Well [ https://reading-well.org.uk/ ] schemes help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The schemes are endorsed by health professionals and you can borrow the books from your local public library.
Find more information on each Reading Well scheme:
Common mental health conditions
Helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing a variety of common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.
Books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.
Long term conditions
Reading Well for long term conditions provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers.
The booklist covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Young people's mental health
Expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.
A national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.