Silverbirch Medical Practice, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland

Recommended websites

Rather than carry pages and pages of health advice directly on our site we recommend the following websites which offer a comprehensive resource for information and advice on health issues, first aid, medicines etc..

We are not responsible for the content on these external websites and you visit them entirely at your own risk. Remember that all advice is intended solely for registered patients of Silverbirch Medical Practice and that it should not be used a substitute for seeking advice from your GP. If in doubt book a consultation.

Health Advice

  • NHS Choices - includes health information and self-help guides from the NHS
  • Patient UK - includes patient information leaflets, self-help groups and web directory

How to

Arthritis and Chronic Persistent Pain

  • Arthritis Care - Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with arthritis, living with it for some while or think you may have the early signs, Arthritis Care are there to help.  They also run regular 'Living Well With Pain' courses in Bangor which are supported by the Health and Social Care Board and Free to attend.  Please contact them to find out more.  028 9078 2940.

Menopause

  • Menopause Matters - website providing information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options

Mental Health and Emotional Support

  • The Samaritans - confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Telephone: 08457 90 90 90.
  • Lifeline - Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.  Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and help, in confidence.  Telephone: 0808 808 8000
  • Moodcafe - relaxation exercises, tools for managing emotions and book recommendations
  • Moodjuice - advice, support and self help guides for a wide range of psychological, emotional and mental health issues
  • Moodjuice Sleep Self Help Guide
  • Stress Control NI - A free 6-week stress management programme.  Click the link to the Facebook page to find out more.
  • FamilyWorks NI - Free counselling for children and adults. Based in Newtownards. Phone (028) 9182 1721
  • Holywood Family Trust - Free counselling for adults. Based on High Street, Holywood. Phone (028) 9042 7842

Specific groups

  • Embarrassing Problems - "straight-talking good advice" on a range of embarrassing problems.
  • Fit for Travel - Travel Health Information from the NHS.
  • Advice NI - The Welfare Reform Advice Services Consortium (Advice NI, Law Centre NI and Citizens Advice) Offering independent advice on PIP, ESA, DLA, Universal Credit, changes to Housing Benefit, changes to Social Fund.  Phone helpline 0808 802 0020.

Specific diseases and conditions

Sexual Health

  • Sexual Health NI - This website, aimed at young people and adults, offers information and advice on how to look after your sexual health. It also highlights the services available where you can get more help and advice.

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