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On this page you can find information about health services, including: 
 
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Do you forget to take your pills or medicine on time?

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This website gives advice about daily living equipment.
 
Information about Telecare, which can support people whose sight, hearing or cognition may have deteriorated.
 
Telecare can support people whose sight, hearing or cognition may have deteriorated.
 
 A doctor, nurse and surgeon

Are you planning to go into hospital for treatment?

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Advice on being discharged from hospital and things that you should consider.
 
These pages give advice on what to expect on being admitted to hospital and what you should think about if you are disabled.
 
 
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Do you want to comment on the service you have received from the NHS?

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This service was established to help patients, service users, carers, relatives and friends to resolve worries and concerns as quickly as possible.
 
On this site you can post your experience of any NHS service to help keep others informed, and help improve the running of such services.
 
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Would you like to know more about NHS charges?

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These pages give information on dental costs, eye care entitlements, prescriptions, travel costs, wigs and fabric supports and travel costs.
 
Information on who can get help with health costs.
 
This page gives information on what the NHS charges those from abroad.
 
This page gives the prices for each level of dental treatment.
 
This gives information on who can get help with prescriptions and treatment costs.
 
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Do you have a long-term condition and would like advice and support? 

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This page from NHS choices guides you to lots of advice and practical information for coping with a long term condition.
 
This is a non-profit making registered charity which provides a life saving identification system for individuals with hidden medical conditions and allergies.
 
These can be offered to anyone with a long-term condition or social care need, in consultation with a health or social care professional. Information prescriptions guide people to relevant and reliable sources of information to allow them to feel more in control and better able to manage their condition and maintain their independence.
 
This company hold free self-management courses to help you control your condition on a daily basis.
 
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Do you have a mental illness and would like advice and support?

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This charity work to support anyone with a mental health condition. They also have an A-Z list of the different mental health conditions.
 
On this page you can find useful information about specific mental illnesses and disorders.
 
This is an out of hours national telephone helpline offering emotional support for people affected by mental health problems.
 
A list of books available through Essex Libraries that focus on health and wellbeing, including anxiety and depression.
 
Directory of counselling services in the UK.
 
 
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Do you require medical advice out of normal surgery hours?

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Here you can ring to get medical advice and support over the phone or check your symptoms online.
 
Here you can get advice on symptoms and different conditions.
 
This gives information on walk-in centres, the times they are open and where the nearest one to you is.
 
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Are you unable to speak or hear an operator in an emergency situation?

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This is a service that allows deaf people and those with hearing or speech impairments in the UK to send an SMS text message in an emergency.
 
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Do you want to improve your Health and fitness?

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This page from NHS Choices gives advice and information on how women can stay fit and healthy over the age of 60.
 
This page from NHS Choices gives advice and information on how men can stay fit and healthy over the age of 60.
 
This website gives information on how walking is good for your health. On this site you can also find a local walking groups dedicated to the over 50's.
 
This page contains links to free downloadable walking routes in Essex that you can print off.
 
This website is full of ideas on how to eat well and move more.
 
Through this association you can find local organised walks that happen on a regular basis within your area.
 
This page gives links to walking and cycling guides that are free to download and print off.
 
 
This website allows you to plan a specific cycle journey. It allows you to choose from a fast route, a balance route and a quiet route. This tool will also tell you how long your journey should take, the distance, as well as allowing you to give feedback on any problems you may have encountered with your route.
 
 
This website gives you ideas for exercise to try out and the benefits of exercise.
 
These are a community interest company with the aim of improving health and preventing illness. 
 
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Are you unsure what you should be eating and drinking at an older age?

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This page contains information from NHS Choices on how to eat properly over the age of 60.
 
This site gives tips on meal ideas, ways to save money and how to prepare the right portion size. 

Would you like advice on staying well in extreme weather conditions?  

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Extreme heat is dangerous to everyone, but it can have an especially profound effect on those who are older, those living in care homes and young children. For those in high risk groups it is important to plan ahead. The information on this page tells you what precautions to take.
 
Cold weather can have a significant impact on those who are over 60, those on a low income and those with a long term condition. There are a few things you can do to help you stay warm and healthy, which are listed on this page.

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