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Physical Health

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide information and advice about physical health.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at

Action for MEYou can e-mail this person 
Provides information and support to people affected by M.E.
Action For Sick Children 
Children's health care charity, specially formed to ensure that children receive the highest standard of care possible.
Arthritis CareYou can e-mail this person 
Information and support to empower individuals to take control of their own arthritis. Helpline 0808 800 4050
Arthritis Research UK 
Provides a range of information for patients, the public and health professionals and aims to raises the profile of arthritis and making a real difference to people's lives. Email available through website.
ASH Action on Smoking and HealthYou can e-mail this person 
Leading voluntary organisation tackling tobacco abuse. Advice on stopping smoking.
Association of Young People with ME (AYME)You can e-mail this person 
For young people between 5 and 25 with ME. Provides support, advice and information to young people with ME and their families and friends.
Asthma UK ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Dedicated to improving the health and well being of people with asthma. Gives advice on triggers and causes, how to help to prevent asthma attacks.
AvertYou can e-mail this person 
International HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK. Information and help available through their website; links to helplines, resources and other organisations.
Beat BullyingYou can e-mail this person 
Assisting and supporting young people that are being bullied, re-educating and changing the behaviour of young people that bully and preventing bullying in schools and communities across the UK.
Bladder and Bowel Foundation 
Provides information, including a helpline, and support for all types of Bladder and bowel problems. Email available through website.
Breast Cancer CareYou can e-mail this person 
Offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
British Red CrossYou can e-mail this person 
As well as Refugee Services there is support in the UK. In various local areas this may include Care in the Home, hire of wheelchairs , help with transport and home support for people aged 16-64 who have a physical disability.
Butterfly Thyroid Cancer TrustYou can e-mail this person 
National UK charity dedicated solely to the support of patients with Thyroid Cancer.
Cahonas ScotlandYou can e-mail this person info@ 
Male cancer charity that provides information and support services geared to the needs of men living with cancer and life limiting disease.
Cancer Research UK 
Charity dedicated to cancer research, provides information about cancer, cancer research and the latest news. Email available through website.
Provides information on services, local support and a Helpline.
Carers of West LothianYou can e-mail this person 
A carer lead organisation campaigning for carers and their needs. Many useful health and care links. Well laid out fact sheets.
Chest Heart and Stroke Advice LineYou can e-mail this person 
Specialist nurse on line. Also charity offers advice, practical help and a wide range of information booklets etc.
Children's Hospice Association Scotland (C.H.A.S.)You can e-mail this person 
Provides holiday breaks for children with life threatening conditions, respite care, crisis care, terminal care and home support.
Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)You can e-mail this person 
UK-wide voluntary organisation specifically helping those with and affected by cleft lip and palate.
Cystic Fibrosis TrustYou can e-mail this person 
Support and advice for people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. Helpline: 0300 373 1000
Dementia Helpline ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
The 24hr Dementia Helpline, is a Scottish service for people with dementia, carers, relatives and anyone concerned.
Diabetes UK (formerly British Diabetic Association)You can e-mail this person 
Information and support for diabetics.
E.C.A.S. Equality Choice Action Support 
Dedicated to giving friendly and practical help to physically disabled people including everything from running classes through to providing individual grants for holidays and equipment and supporting initiatives to bring greater freedom to physically disabled people. Email available through website.
Eczema Outreach ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Eczema Outreach (Scotland ) is for people affected by eczema in Scotland. Based in Linlithgow (West Lothian), it specialises in supporting children & young people with eczema and their family. Membership is completely free.
Epilepsy West LothianYou can e-mail this person 
Fieldworkers, Supported Day & Community Activities, Youth Group, Support Group, Information.
Erb's Palsy Group 
Offers advice and information on the injury Erb's Palsy / Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Paralysis. Email available through website.
Every eight hours 
Provides information about spina cord injury and people's stories.
Fibromyalgia Association UKYou can e-mail this person 
Provides information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline 0844 887 2444
Health Enquiry Website 
Useful information online.
Home Safety Service for the Elderly (and Frail) 
West Lothian Service helping people to live as independently as possible and feel safe. Equipment installed. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under H within the A - Z services section.
kindredYou can e-mail this person 
Supporting families of children and young people with additional needs.
Linlithgow LinkYou can e-mail this person 
Volunteers supply car service to hospitals, befriend housebound people and young mothers, provide social activities for the frail elderly.
M.E. AssociationYou can e-mail this person 
The M.E. Association offers help and support for adults in the UK who are affected by ME.
Macmillan Cancer Support 
Information and emotional support for people living with cancer.
Marie Curie Cancer Care 
Provide care to terminally ill patients at home, in the community and in hospices along with support for their families. Email available through website.
Men Get Eating Disorders Too 
Information and advice about male eating disorders, definitions, signs and symptoms, treatments, getting support including support groups. Email available through website.
MND ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
MND Scotland exists to help all those affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) within Scotland; those living with the disease, their families, carers and those health and social care professionals who contribute to the care of people with MND.
Multiple Sclerosis SocietyYou can e-mail this person 
Provides information and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis.
Narcotics Anonymous United Kingdom / UKNA 
Non - profit fellowship for those with a major drug problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. NA Helpline: 0300 999 1212
National Association for Premenstrual SyndromeYou can e-mail this person 
Provides help, information and support to PMS sufferers, also to partners of sufferers.
National Osteoporosis SocietyYou can e-mail this person 
Provides osteoporosis information and support.
NHS Choices 
Run by the National Health Service to meet health information needs of the general public in England.
NHS Direct 
NHS Direct operates a 24-hour nurse advice and health information service.
NHS England Get Help with Health Costs - NHS Choices 
Information on Prescriptions, Dental treatment, Sight tests, Glasses, Travel to Hospital, wigs and fabric supports etc. in England and how to het help with costs / claim.
NHS informYou can e-mail this person 
New national health information service providing a co-ordinated approach and a single source of quality assured health information for the public in Scotland
NHS Prescription Services 
Can provide information on help with health costs. Previously known as the Prescription Pricing Division
Pain Association ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Support Groups, which help with pain management. Interim support for those awaiting attendance at Pain relief clinics.
Pancreatic Cancer UKYou can e-mail this person 
National charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: Support, Information, Campaigning and Research.
Parkinson's Disease SocietyYou can e-mail this person 
Detailed information sent on request. Membership an option. Helpline and support groups across the UK.
Patient Information CentreYou can e-mail this person 
New centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh providing information on health and social care for patients, relatives, carers, the public and staff. Open Monday to Friday: 9 to 5 Tel: 0131 242 7660
Patients AssociationYou can e-mail this person 
Independent charity which provides advice, the latest health news, signposting to further information and general advice. Also has a range of booklets and guides for patients.
Reading SightYou can e-mail this person 
Helping people with sight loss get access to reading and reading services
Royal National Institute for the Blind 
Provides the support, advice and products for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you're losing your sight or you're blind or partially sighted. Helpline 0303 123 9999
SanelineYou can e-mail this person 
A mental health helpline providing information and emotional support to anyone worried about their own or another's health.
Scottish Spina Bifida AssociationYou can e-mail this person 
Seeks to secure provision for their special needs and those of their families. Family support service. Respite care.
Self-Harm:Recovery, Advice and Support 
Provides help and support for anyone who is worried about self-harm, doesn't understand why it is happening to them or someone else. Email available through website.
Smokers QuitlineYou can e-mail this person 
Provides practical help, advice and support by trained counsellors to all smokers who want to stop.
Smoking Cessation ClinicYou can e-mail this person 
A clinic at St John's Hospital, West Lothian which can be contacted by anyone concerned about their own or someone else's smoking. Group or individual support available. For more information e-mail us at the Help Centre.
Strathcarron HospiceYou can e-mail this person 
Provides palliative care, free, to those with an active, progressive illness. Telephone advice also given.
Unique - Rare Chromosome Disorder Supporter GroupYou can e-mail this person 
Source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder and to the professionals who work with them.
United Christian Broadcasting (UCB) PrayerlineYou can e-mail this person 
Telephone and email contact that will pray with you / for you to bring God into the equation of your life.
UPDATE Disability Information ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Provides general disability information to organisations and members of the public both on its web site and via its helpline.
Waverley CareYou can e-mail this person 
Offers services providing practical and emotional support to people living with HIV in Scotland. Support, respite, information, befriending, day care, childcare.
Young ME Sufferers Trust - The 
National UK service for children and young people with MS and their families.

Disclaimer: Please note that this list was compiled in good faith, however some changes may have occurred since we last updated our files. Whilst the Help Centre makes reasonable efforts to include and up-date information on this website, it does not make any representation as to its accuracy or completeness. Those involved in creating and delivering this website's contents are not liable for any damages arising from use of this site.

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