Health & Wellbeing Factsheets
Our Health & 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.
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.
Hip Pain and Arthritis
Some of you have told us you have pain in your hips. Several issues can cause it, one of which is osteoarthritis (wear and tear to the bones and joints). Read our factsheet about hip pain and arthritis to see what you could do to help.
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.
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 Factsheet
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.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain is a common cause of concern for many beneficiaries and as the specialist who have seen some of you and leading doctors and physiotherapists tell us, there are reasons why you are likely to experience it.
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.
We know having your blood taken can be difficult. Our factsheet has some useful advice about how to make the process easier and less stressful.
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.
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
Our Blue Badge factsheet explains the parking benefits that this gives to eligible drivers, and how you can apply for one.
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
Read about the national Motability scheme, find out if you are eligible for this and how to apply.
Motability And PIP
Information on how your eligibility to join the Motability scheme may be affected by your PIP assessment.
Motability & PIP
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.
If you require any further information or wish to discuss the issues above please contact the Health & Wellbeing team on 01480 474074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copies of any factsheet are available if you are unable to access them via the website, just contact the Health & Wellbeing team.