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Useful Links

Useful Links

The following links are for your information and convenience. The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is not responsible for the content of other websites. If you find one of the websites below unsuitable or incorrect contact us  

Please see the following information in line with our links policy.

          

Local Authorities and Organisations    

Age concern Luton - helping older people and their carers get the services they need   

Autism Bedfordshire - providing information and support to individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions    

Beds and Luton Mind – for better mental health

Bedford Borough Healthwatch - The new local consumer champion for publicly funded health and social care

Central Beds Council        

Luton Citizens Advice Bureau

Cruse Bedfordshire – Bereavement Support

DIAL Network- Local disability information and advice 

The Disability Resource Centre- Supporting disabled people, Carers and family members in Bedfordshire and Luton 

Healthwatch Luton– An independent voluntary organisation created to bring together people’s views and experiences in order to improve health and social care services in Luton

Luton Borough Council 

Luton Cultural Services Trust– Museums & Libraries   

Aids and Equipment 

Hearing and Mobility - We have an extensive range of mobility aids and equipment   

Shopmobility – Scooter loans & escorted shops

Mobility equipment - This is a nationwide service operated by Council Trading Standards which accredit local businesses for quality

Guide for home adaptions for blind or partially sighted people - The Ultimate Guide to Adapting Your Home If You have Visual Impairment

Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

Action on Addition – We take action to disarm addiction

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) – provides information on giving-up smoking

Addaction - Specialist Drug and Alcohol treatment

Alcohol Concern - national agency on alcohol misuse  

Smoke Free - NHS website with advice on stopping smoking    

Talk to Frank- an A-Z of drug information

Turning Point-  Assistance with substance misuse and a range of other issues 

Care and Support

Carers UKTo help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend

Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)– Supporting the needs and rights for family carers

Home Instead – Independent UK home care provider

Independent Age– older people, their families & carers

Keech Hospice Care support for people diagnosed with a life-limiting condition

Luton Carers Network - Jane Leek (jane.leek@luton.gov.uk)

Carers Trust - Action, help and advice

Young carer – part of the Children’s Society 

Communication

Connect -  For people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke or brain injury

Speakability/Stroke – A national charity dedicated to supporting and empowering people with Aphasia and their carers

Continence

Continence Foundation – Confidential support from a specialist nurse

Health and nutritional information

British Nutrition Foundation - Evidence-based information on food and nutrition

Nutritionist Resource– Find a professional nutritionist in your area

Patient UK– Trusted medical information and support

Hearing

Action on Hearing Loss – formerly RNID

Infertility

'Fertility Network UK'- The National Infertility Support Network

Keeping Fit and Active 

Active Luton - Runs local swimming and sports centres

NHS Related Sites

Beds and Herts Breast screening service - part of the National Breast Screening programme

Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust- Providing community health services

Care Quality Commission- independent inspection body for NHS

Great Ormond Street Hospital– One of the world’s leading children’s hospitals

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

The National Health Service- Search for local NHS services

Essex Partnership Trust (EPUT) - Providing partnership services in Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton

Pregnancy, Babies and Parents

Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC) - Information and support for women affected by pre-eclampsia

Antenatal Results & Choices (ARC) - Support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process

Association for Post-Natal Illness (APNI) - Support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness

'BLISS' The Premature Baby Charity providing a support network for families of babies who need intensive or special care

British Pregnancy Advisory ServiceProvides information on emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and what to do next

Group B Strep Support - Offers information to families and professionals affected by GBS

La Leche League (Breastfeeding) - Promotes a better understanding of breast feeding

Miscarriage Association - Information, advice and support for women who have had or who are having a miscarriage

National Childbirth Trust - Information and support for mothers

Family Lives - Offers support to anyone parenting a child

Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society Stillbirth and neonatal death charity

Twins & Multiple Births Association Provides information and support for families of twins, triplets and more

Sexual Health

FPA- Sexual health charity FPA, offering family planning advice and information

i-base - HIV treatment and advocacy

NAM aidsmap- Sharing information about HIV and AIDS

Terrence Higgins Trust- Support and information on HIV

Sight

Royal Institute for the blind (RNIB) - Provides anyone who has visual problems with practical solutions

Sight Concern Bedfordshire – support for people with sight impairment

Stroke links

Stroke Association - Information and support to people who have had a stroke, their families and carers

Different Strokes - A service for younger stroke survivors

Therapy

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – Search for a counsellor in your area 

Relate - Support for couples, families and individuals in all aspects of relationships

National Authorities and Organisations

Age UK – To inspire, enable and support older people to make the most of later life

British Allergy Foundation – Help and advice on allergies

Alzheimer’s Society– Leading the fight against dementia

Asthma UK – The UK’s leading asthma charity

Ataxia – Help, support and advice for those affected by Ataxia

The National Autistic Society – The leading UK charity for people with autism

Contact a Family – for families with disabled children

Diabetes UK – Cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes

Discover Islam - Dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Islam and Muslims

Down's Syndrome Association - Providing information and support

Epilepsy Society– providing advice and support for those affected

Family Action– A leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families

The International Glaucoma Association– Providing support to thousands of glaucoma sufferers

Good Care Group - Specialisng in providing 24 hour live in care at home on permanent or respite basis across the UK

Headway- Offer a wide variety of support to people with an acquired head injury 

The British Heart Foundation– The UK’s number one heart charity

Helpline UK – for those who could be vulnerable or at risk in their own home anywhere in the UK

Home Start – support and friendship for families

Marie Curie Cancer Care – Care and support to those with a terminal illness

Macmillan – Support to those affected by cancer

Mencap - The voice of learning disability

The Migraine Trust – The health and medical research charity for migraine in the UK

Mind - We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Multiple Sclerosis Society– The UK’s leading MS charity

National Osteoporosis Society - dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures

Parkinson’s UK– Support for those affected by Parkinson’s Disease

British Red CrossA volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis

Rethink Mental Illness - 1 in 4 people in the UK are affected by mental illness

RettUK - Support for families affected by Rett syndrome

Samaritans – International support

Sexual Advice Association - Help and advice on sexual problems for both men and women

Shine – To help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus

Spinal Injuries Association - The leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people

Tuberous Sclerosis Association – Providing support to families affected by TS across the UK

Weight Loss Surgery Information and Support (wlsinfo) - A patient led support group and information resource