Health & Wellbeing Factsheets

Our health and wellbeing related factsheets cover a wide variety of topics written for those living with thalidomide damage and their supporters.

They are available on the links below for downloading and printing.

Health

Ear Wax

Ear wax keeps our ears clean and healthy. It usually works its way out of the ears by itself, but sometimes too much wax can build up and block the ears. Our information which explains how a build-up of ear wax is treated.
Ear Wax

Excessive Sweating

Excessive Sweating

Hospital Stay

No-one likes the idea of going into hospital but it really helps if you’re prepared for both your stay and for the recovery period. The factsheet below combines experiences of beneficiaries who have been in hospital and advice from our Medical Adviser to help make your hospital stay and convalescence as hassle-free as possible.
Hospital Stay

Making a Complaint

Making a complaint against your Hospital or GP Surgery can seem daunting. Read our step-by-step guides on the best way of making an effective complaint, whether it’s for you or for someone you care for.
Making A Complaint About Your GP Surgery
Making A Complaint About Hospital Care

Medical and Herbal Treatments For The Menopause

Details of the treatments available for the menopause, in particular HRT, discussing benefits, risks and side effects.
Medical and Herbal Treatments For The Menopause 

Menopause

A full explanation of what the menopause is and the symptoms that may be experienced, the longer term effects on health, plus how you can make lifestyle improvements to help manage the symptoms.
Menopause

Prosthetic Ears 

Prosthetic ears offer an excellent alternative to complex and expensive ear reconstructive surgery. They look very real these days and are matched closely to your skin tone so that they look perfectly natural.
Prosthetic Ears

Taking Blood

If you need to have blood taken and this has been difficult for you in the past, our information will help you with your choices and provide guidance for your doctor.
Giving Blood More Easily

Taking Blood Pressure

Many people affected by thalidomide are unable to have blood pressure taken in the arm. Our factsheet provides further information to make this easier.
Taking Blood Pressure

Mobility

Adapting Your Car

If you need to adapt your car to make it easier for you to get in and out, or to drive, our factsheet offers guidance on how to arrange this.
Adapting Your Car

Blue Badge

Our Blue Badge factsheet explains the parking benefits that this gives to eligible drivers, and how you can apply for one.
Blue Badge

Buying A Car

Its important when buying a car to consider all your requirements to ensure you buy the best one for you. Our factsheet will help you with your choice.
Buying A Car

Driving: Legal And Medical Factsheet

Our factsheet gives you information for disabled drivers on the legal and medical conditions you need to take account of to drive safely and within UK law.
Driving Legal And Medical

Motability

Read about the national Motability scheme, find out if you are eligible for this and how to apply.
Motability

Motability And PIP

Information on how your eligibility to join the Motability scheme may be affected by your PIP assessment.
Motability & PIP

Wheelchairs

Buying a wheelchair is a big decision and can also be an expensive one. Careful consideration, research and planning will help you find one that completely meets your needs. Our information will help with your choices.
Wheelchair

Contact Us

If you require any further information or wish to discuss the issues above please contact the Health and Wellbeing team on 01480 474074 or email hello@thalidomidetrust.org.