Patient Resources

• Patient Support Groups • Healthcare Insurance Links • Irish Healthcare Sites • Miscellaneous Links • Patient Education

Patient Support Groups – Irish unless stated otherwise

Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (UK) Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group Bray Cancer Support Centre Carers Association of Ireland Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland Disability Federation of Ireland Dyspraxia Association European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Associations Heart Failure Association (European Society of Cardiology) Hodgkin’s and Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Support In-patient orthopaedic rehabilitation services for patients Irish Diabetes Association IMPERO Irish Mental Patients’ Educational and Representative Organisation Irish Osteoporosis Society Irish Society for Autism Meningitis Research Foundation’s website Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Osteoporosis Society (UK) Schizophrenia Ireland The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland The Myasthenia Gravis Association (UK) Tuberous Sclerosis Association (UK) Top

Healthcare Insurance Links

Laya Healthcare VHI Aviva Health Top

Irish Healthcare Sites Central Remedial Clinic Department of Health and Children Irish Pilgrimage Trust Irish Red Cross Society La Leche League of Ireland National Safety Council National Council for Nursing and Midwifes Rehab Group Top

Miscellaneous Links

Alcohol and Women – A factsheet, directed at the public, that provides facts and figures relating to women and alcohol use. Alcohol and Young People – A factsheet, aimed at the public, that provides facts and figures in relation to young people and alcohol use. Better Health promotes itself as a “supportive and helpful health community online”. The site includes; support chats, message boards, health profile and a Healthwise Handbook. British Nutrition Foundation – Factsheets for the general public on; Balanced Diet, Vegetarianism, Healthy Teeth, Bone Health, Obesity, CHD, Unpleasant Reactions, Malnutrition, Diet and Cancer Prevention and the Role of Iron. Clinical Trials Listing Service Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities – Deals with issues which affect the lives of people with learning disabilities HealthScout – A personalised news service with original news features and syndicated material tailored to individuals’ health information needs. Heart Point – includes health tips, news, commentary and recipes. NetWellness features Ask an Expert, Health Topics, What’s Hot and In the News. On Health – your personal guide to Health PDR’s Getting Well Network – Information for Patients on; Allergy, Arthritis, Breast Cancer etc. Sniffles and Sneezes – Allergy and Asthma care and prevention for the family The Merck Manual of Medical Information – Home Edition – based on The Merck Manual, the Home Edition transforms the language of the professionals’ version into commonly used English while retaining all of the vital information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Who’s Who in Healthcare? – types of healthcare professionals, what training they have, and what they can do to help you maintain and improve your health. Top

Patient Education

AMA Health Insight Online Health Information for everyone Dr. Koop’s Community led by the former U.S. Surgeon General and others this site is dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives by empowering them to improve their health. Healtheon – Links to health information on the WWW. Includes unique features such as the Food Computer, Elder Check, Weight Loss Wizard etc. Wellness Interactive Network – The site offers diverse and comprehensive internet resources and information dealing with health and wellness – This site includes; Links, Reference Centre, Daily Live Online Broadcasts, Recipe Database and more. Health Information at your fingertips – Comprehensive, free, up-to-date health information as provided by GPs to patients during consultations The HSE online library was launched in May 2006 by Professor Drumm as the gateway for all HSE staff in the country to access high-quality medical information Top