Health Conditions A to Z

Community care

The websites NHS Choices and Patient UK offer safe, reliable and trusted information about a wide range of conditions and illnesses. They have both been awarded The Information Standard quality mark.

  • You can find out about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment options and complications. 
  • If the condition is long term, you can get advice about living with the condition.
  • There are useful links to health charities and support groups that specialise in each condition.

This list of national health charities and local support groups covers the most common health issues and conditions in our area. Choose a topic to find out who can help.

Alcohol

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Al-Anon Family GroupsLocal support groupsHelpline:
020 7403 0888
Alcoholics AnonymousLocal support groupsHelpline:
0800 9177 650
DrinkawareInformation and advice, online tools, including MyDrinkaware alcohol tracker
Drinkline (Alcohol Concern)Information, advice and supportDrinkline:
0300 123 1110
Inspire, PendleTreatment and recovery programmes; one-to-one support; family and carer support group. Drop in centre in Nelson.Enquiries:
01282 644100
North Yorkshire Horizons - CravenInformation and advice; treatment and recovery programmes; one-to-one support, peer support and local support groups. Local hub in Skipton, with outreach support and drop in sessions across Craven.Enquiries: 01723 330730
Project 6Information and advice; treatment and recovery programmes; complementary therapies; one-to-one support; support and services for families; domestic violence service. Covers Airedale and Wharfedale. Drop in centre in Keighley.Enquiries:
01535 610180
Alzheimer's Disease
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Alzheimer's Society Information and advice, including for carers; local services and support groups; online forumHelpline:
0300 222 11 22
Dementia UKInformation and advice, including for carers; life story resourcesNurse helpline:
0800 888 6678
Books on Prescription: dementia collectionSelf help book scheme available through local libraries in North Yorkshire
Arthritis
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Arthritis CareInformation and advice; local branches; online forum; self management coursesHelpline:
0808 800 4050
Arthritis Research UKInformationEnquiries:
0300 790 0400
National Rheumatoid Arthritis SocietyInformation and advice; local support groups; online forum; self management coursesHelpline:
0800 298 7650
Asthma
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Asthma UKInformation and advice; befriending scheme; online forumNurse helpline:
0300 222 5800
Autism
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
National Autistic SocietyInformation and advice; local branches and services; specialist helplines on education rights, community care and welfare rights; parent to parent service; online forumHelpline:
0808 800 4104

Bereavement

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Bradford Bereavement SupportBereavement counsellingEnquiries:
01274 619 522
Counselling DirectoryDirectory of counsellors and psychotherapists (including bereavement support); information and advice.
Cruse Bereavement CareBereavement counselling and support; information and advice; local face-to-face services (Craven and Bradford area)Helpline:
0844 477 9400
Dying Matters Information and advice about death and bereavement
SamaritansConfidential emotional supportHelpline:
08457 90 90 90
Bowel cancer
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Beating Bowel CancerInformation and advice; online forum; one-to-one support from other bowel cancer patientsNurse helpline:
020 8973 0011
Bowel Cancer UKInformation and advice
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including benefits and financial advice; Macmillan nurses; support groups; online forumSupport line:
0808 808 00 00
Breast cancer
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Breast Cancer CareInformation and advice; online forum; live chat with nurses; coursesNurse helpline:
0808 800 6000
Breast Cancer NowInformation
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including benefits and financial advice; Macmillan nurses; support groups; online forumSupport line:
0808 808 00 00

Cancer

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Cancer Research UKInformation and advice for a wide range of cancer types; online forumNurse helpline:
0808 800 4040
Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including welfare rights; support groups and classes; counselling; complementary therapies.

Covers Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Enquiries:
01274 77 66 88
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including benefits and financial advice; Macmillan nurses, support groups; online forumSupport line:
0808 808 00 00
COPD
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Lung FoundationInformation and advice; online forum; pen pals scheme; online surgeries; free lung testing; BLF nursesNurse helpline:
03000 030 555
NHS SmokefreeInformation and advice about stopping smoking; online tools; free support kits; local Stop Smoking Services; live chat; online forumHelpline:
0300 123 1044
QuitInformation and advice about stopping smoking; online counselling; online toolsHelpline:
0800 00 22 00

Dementia

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Alzheimer's SocietyInformation and advice, including for carers; local services and support groups; online forumHelpline:
0300 222 11 22
Dementia UKInformation and advice, including for carers; life story resourcesNurse helpline:
0800 888 6678
Books on prescription: dementia collectionSelf help book scheme available through local libraries in North Yorkshire
Diabetes
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Diabetes Research and Wellness FoundationInformation and advice; support networkEnquiries:
02392 637 808
Diabetes UKInformation and advice; local support groups; peer support network; insurance and financial planning; advocacy service; iphone tracker app; recipesHelpline:
0345 123 2399
Insulin Dependent Diabetes TrustInformation and supportHelpline:
01604 622837
Juvenile Diabetes Research FoundationInformation about type 1 diabetes, including for children and young people
Domestic violence
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
National Domestic Violence HelplineInformation, advice and supportHelpline:
0808 2000 247
RefugeInformation, advice and support; women's refugesHelpline:
0808 2000 247
Women's AidInformation, advice and support, including for children and young people; survivor's handbook; online forum; directory of local servicesHelpline:
0808 2000 247
Down's Syndrome
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Down's Syndrome AssociationInformation and advice, including for new parents; local support groupsHelpline:
0333 1212 300
Drugs
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
FrankInformation, advice and support; directory of local servicesHelpline:
0300 123 6600
Inspire, PendleTreatment and recovery programmes; one-to-one support; family and carer support group. Drop in centre in Nelson.Enquiries:
01282 644100
North Yorkshire Horizons - CravenInformation and advice; treatment and recovery programmes; one-to-one support, peer support and local support groups. Local hub in Skipton, with outreach support and drop in sessions across Craven.Enquiries: 01723 330730
Project 6Information and advice; treatment and recovery programmes; complementary therapies; one-to one support; support and services for families; domestic violence service. Covers Airedale and Wharfedale. Drop in centre in Keighley.Enquiries:
01535 610180
UK Narcotics AnonymousLocal support groupsHelpline:
0300 999 1212
Dyslexia
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Dyslexia AssociationInformation and advice, including for parents; local groups; coursesHelpline:
0333 405 4567

Eating disorders

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
BeatInformation, advice and support; local self help groups; online forumHelpline:
0845 634 1414
Youthline:
0845 634 7650
End of life
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Cruse Bereavement CareBereavement counselling and support; information and advice; local face-to-face services (Craven and Bradford area)Helpline:
0844 477 9400
Dying MattersInformation and advice; directory of local services; online forum
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and adviceSupport line:
0808 808 00 00
Marie Curie Cancer CareInformation, advice and supportSupport line:
0800 090 2309
Cinnamon TrustPractical support for older and terminally ill people and their pets.

Including: help with day to day pet care; short term fostering if you are in hospital; long term care for your pets.
Enquiries:
01736 757900
Epilepsy
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Epilepsy ActionInformation and advice; local branches; online forumHelpline:
0808 800 5050
Epilepsy SocietyInformation and advice; online forum; care servicesHelpline:
01494 601400

Fitness

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
NHS Choices: healthy livingInformation and advice about fitness, exercise and sports; 10-minute exercise plans; couch to 5k running plan; BMI healthy weight calculator; directory of sports services
Bradford District CouncilInformation about sports facilities and activities, and membership
Craven District CouncilDirectory of sports clubs, information about sports facilities and activities
North Yorkshire SportInformation about sports activities and clubs, including for people with disabilities
Pendle Leisure TrustInformation about sports facilities and activities, membership and healthy lifestyle support
Food and diet
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
NHS Choices: healthy livingInformation and advice, including about fat, sugar and salt; 5 a day meal planner and recipes; tips for healthy eating and a balanced diet
Change4LifeAdvice and tips on healthy eating; meal planner and recipe finder
British Dietetic AssociationFood fact sheets about healthy eating; medical conditions; babies, children and pregnancy; weight loss; nutrients in food

Gout

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Arthritis CareInformation and adviceHelpline:
0808 800 4050
Arthritis Research UKInformationEnquiries:
0300 790 0400

Healthy eating

Organisation
What help can you get?
NHS Choices: healthy livingInformation and advice, including about fat, sugar and salt; 5 a day meal planner and recipes; tips for healthy eating and a balanced diet
Change4LifeAdvice and tips on healthy eating; meal planner and recipe finder
Hearing loss
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Action on Hearing LossInformation and advice about deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus; care and support services; products and equipment; directory of hearing servicesHelpline:
0808 808 0123
National Deaf Children's SocietyInformation, advice and support; local groupsHelpline:
0808 800 8880
Heart conditions
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Heart FoundationInformation and advice; local support groups; online forum; recipes; lifestyle checksHelpline:
0300 330 3311
heartfailurematters.orgInformation and advice for people living with heart failure
Heart Research UKInformation and adviceEnquiries:
0113 234 7474
Heart UKInformation and advice about cholesterolHelpline:
0345 450 5988

Incontinence

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Bladder and Bowel FoundationInformation and adviceHelpline:
0845 345 0165
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
The IBS NetworkInformation and advice; self care plan; recipesEnquiries:
0114 272 32 53

Keeping fit

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
NHS Choices: healthy livingInformation and advice about fitness, exercise and sports; 10-minute exercise plans; couch to 5k running plan; BMI healthy weight calculator; directory of sports services
Bradford District CouncilInformation about sports facilities and activities, and membership
Craven District CouncilDirectory of sports clubs, information about sports facilities and activities
North Yorkshire SportInformation about sports activities and clubs, including for people with disabilities
Pendle Leisure TrustInformation about sports facilities and activities, membership and healthy lifestyle support

Learning disabilities

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Contact a FamilyInformation, advice and support for families with disabled children; specialist advice on benefits and SEN (Special Educational Needs); one-to-one support from other parentsHelpline:
0808 808 3555
Down's Syndrome AssociationInformation and advice, including for new parents; local support groupsHelpline:
0333 1212 300
MencapInformation and advice, including Mylife easy read website; local groups and servicesHelpline:
0808 808 1111
National Autistic SocietyInformation and advice; local branches and services; specialist helplines on education rights, community care and welfare rights; parent to parent service; online forumHelpline:
0808 800 4104
ScopeInformation and advice, including specialist help about cerebral palsy; local services; online forumHelpline:
0808 800 3333
Liver disease
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Liver TrustInformation and adviceHelpline:
0800 652 7330
Lung cancer
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Roy Castle Lung Cancer FoundationInformation and advice; local support groups; help to quit smoking; patient grants; online forumHelpline:
0333 323 7200
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including benefits and financial advice; Macmillan nurses; support groups; online forumSupport line:
0808 808 00 00
Lung disease
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Lung FoundationInformation and advice; online forum; pen pals scheme; online surgeries; free lung testing; BLF nursesHelpline:
03000 030 555

Meningitis

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Meningitis Research FoundationInformation and advice; befriending network; home visitsHelpline:
080 8800 3344
Mental health
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Books on prescriptionSelf help book scheme, available through local libraries
Counselling DirectoryDirectory of counsellors and psychotherapists; information and advice
Life Coach DirectoryDirectory of life coaches; information and advice
MindInformation and advice; local services and support groupsHelpline:
0300 123 3393
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FTSelf help guides in accessible formats
RethinkInformation and adviceHelpline:
0300 5000 927
SamaritansConfidential emotional supportHelpline:
116 123
SaneInformation and advice; confidential emotional support; online forumHelpline:
0300 304 7000
Therapy DirectoryDirectory of complementary and alternative therapists; information and advice
Motor neurone disease
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Motor Neurone Disease AssociationInformation, advice and support, including for carers; online forum; local branches; financial support and equipment loans; home visitsHelpline:
08457 626262
Multiple sclerosis
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Multiple Sclerosis SocietyInformation, advice and support, including for children and young people; online forum; local branches; financial support for short breaks; insurance and financial servicesHelpline:
0808 800 8000
Multiple Sclerosis TrustInformation, advice and support; online forum; directory of local MS servicesHelpline:
0800 032 3839

Older people

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Age UKInformation and advice, including about health, wellbeing and care; local branches, services and support; insurance and financial services; aids and equipmentHelpline:
0800 169 2081
Cinnamon TrustPractical support for older and terminally ill people and their pets.

Including: help with day to day pet care; short term fostering if you are in hospital; long term care for your pets.
Enquiries:
01736 757900
Osteoporosis
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
National Osteoporosis SocietyInformation and advice; local support groups; online forumNurse helpline:
0808 800 0035
Ovarian cancer
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
OvacomeInformation, advice and support; online forum; symptom checkerNurse helpline:
0845 371 0554
Target Ovarian Cancer Information and advice; support courses and groupsEnquiries:
020 7923 5470
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including benefits and financial advice; Macmillan nurses; support groups; online forumSupport line:
0808 808 00 00

Parkinson's disease

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Parkinson's UKInformation, advice and support, including for carers; local support groups; online forum; self management coursesHelpline:
0808 800 0303
Physical disabilities
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Contact a FamilyInformation, advice and support for families with disabled children; specialist advice on benefits and SEN (Special Educational Needs); online forum; one-to-one support from other parentsHelpline:
0808 808 3555
Pregnancy, birth and parenting
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
NCT (National Childbirth Trust)Information, advice and support; help with breastfeeding; local branches; ante natal and parenting classes; online forumHelpline:
0300 330 0700
NHS Choices: Pregnancy and baby guideInformation and advice about pregnancy, labour and birth, feeding and caring for your baby; due date calculator; personal birth plan and to do list; directory of maternity services
Start4Life Information Service for Parents Sign up for tailored information and advice by email or text
Prostate cancer
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Prostate Cancer UKInformation, advice and support; online forum; local support groupsNurse helpline:
0800 074 8383
Macmillan Cancer SupportInformation and advice, including benefits and financial advice; Macmillan nurses; support groups; online forumSupport line:
0808 808 00 00

Sexual health

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
BrookInformation, confidential advice and support about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sex and relationships for under 25sText helpline:
07537 402 024
FPAInformation and advice about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sex and relationships; directory of sexual health clinics
Terrence Higgins TrustInformation, confidential advice and emotional support for people living with HIV; MyHIV online tools and forumHelpline:
0808 802 1221
Yorkshire MESMACInformation and advice, counselling, sexual and mental health services for LGBT people and people living with HIVEnquiries:
01274 395815
Sight loss
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Action for Blind PeopleInformation, advice and support; local services; online forumHelpline:
0303 123 9999
RNIBInformation and advice about eye conditions and sight loss; products and equipment; library service and bookshop; talking books, newspapers and magazinesHelpline:
0303 123 9999
Skin conditions
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Association of DermatologistsInformation, including about skin cancer; list of support groups for a range of skin conditions
National Eczema SocietyInformation and support; local support groupsHelpline:
0800 089 1122
Smoking
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Bradford District Stop Smoking ServiceFree advice and one-to-one support to help you stop smokingEnquiries:
01274 437700
North Yorkshire Stop Smoking ServiceFree advice and one-to-one support to help you stop smokingEnquiries:
0300 303 1603
Quit Squad East Lancashire Stop Smoking ServiceFree advice and one-to-one support to help you stop smokingEnquiries:
0800 328 6297
NHS SmokefreeInformation and advice; online tools; free support kits; local Stop Smoking services
QuitInformation and advice; online counsellingHelpline:
0800 00 22 00
Stroke
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
Stroke AssociationInformation, advice and support, including for carers; local groups; online forumHelpline:
0303 3033 100

Tinnitus

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Tinnitus AssociationInformation and advice; support groups; online forumHelpline:
0800 018 0527
Tooth decay
 
Organisation
What help can you get?
Contact
British Dental Health FoundationInformation and advice, including about dental care and treatmentsHelpline:
01788 539 780

Weight loss

 
Organisation
What help can you get?
NHS Choices: Healthy livingInformation and advice about diets, losing weight, healthy eating and keeping fit; LifeCheck health advice; couch to 5k running plan; BMI healthy weight calculator
Healthy Lifestyles Team, Pendle Leisure TrustA range of sessions and activities for adults to help you become more active, and improve your health and wellbeing.
Weight Management Team, Bradford CouncilA range of sessions and activities for adults and children to help you achieve and maintain a healthier weight.
Weight ConcernInformation and advice about losing weight; lifestyle health check; Shape-Up programme
Weight WiseInformation and advice about losing weight, including for young people; weight loss plan