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Useful Websites & Telephone Numbers

Rather than carry pages and pages of health advice directly on our site we recommend the following web sites which offer a comprehensive resource for information and advice on health issues, first aid, medicines etc..

Benfield Valley Healthcare Hub are not responsible for the content on these external web sites and you visit them entirely at your own risk.

Remember that all advice is intended solely for registered patients of the practice and that it should not be used a substitute for seeking advice from your GP. If in doubt book a consultation.

Health advice

  • NHS Choices - includes health information and self-help guides from the NHS.
  • Patient UK - includes patient information leaflets, self-help groups and web directory.
  • MedInfo - providing free and easy to understand medical information and advice.

Emotional support

  • The Samaritans - confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Telephone: 08457 90 90 90. They also offer a text-based counselling service, accessible via 07725 909090 for people who do not want to talk on the phone.
  • SupportLine - confidential emotional support for children, young adults and adults.

Specific groups

  • Embarrassing Problems - "straight-talking good advice" on a range of embarrassing problems.
  • Teenage Health Freak - advice for teenagers and those who work with them by local doctors Drs Ann McPherson and Aidan Macfarlane.
  • Women's Health Information - information for women and their partners regarding pregnancy choices and some common gynaecological conditions.
  • Fit for Travel - Travel Health Information from the NHS.
  • Kid's Health - Kid's Health from USA, for parents, kids and teens.
  • Immunisations - Immunisation Information from NHS.
  • Hangleton & Knoll Project - Community projects
  • Sussex Interpreting Service - provide interpreting services which includes a fortnightly drop-in centre to help support people with a range of topics including housing benefit, debt advice & immigration and citizenship.
  • Healthy Start VouchersAnyone pregnant or with a child under 4 years and in receipt of benefits (under 18 year old mothers qualify automatically) should be eligible for food vouchers and vitamins for their child. 
  • Carer CardsThere is a carers card that unpaid carers are eligible to apply for from the council which gives them discounts across the city to order to look after their health and wellbeing.

Specific diseases and conditions

Useful Telephone Numbers

 Age Concern 01273 720603
 BICS 01273 545445
 Brighton General Hospital 01273 696011
Brighton & Hove City Council Access Point01273 295555
Brighton & Hove City PCT01273 295490
Brighton & Hove NHS Textphone  01273 296333
HIV/AIDS Clinic01273 664722
 Hove Polyclinic01273 696011
NHS Direct0845 46 47
Registrar (births, deaths and marriages)01273 292016
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital01273 696955
Royal Sussex County Hospital01273 696955
Samaritans01273 772277
Sussex Eye Hospital 01273 606126

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