Use NHS Choices for access to any service provided by the NHS (see bottom of the page), it is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.
- You can find information about hospitals, GPs and dentists and urgent care. As well as basic contact details, you can also find feedback from other people about what they think about these services.
- It’s not just limited to NHS information. You can also find information about other services in your area (often provided by charities) that can help you with conditions from Alzheimers through to weight loss.
The Care Quality Commission checks all GPs, hospitals, dentists, care homes, hospices and care services to see if they meet national standards. You can find out what they have to say about these services in your area by visiting their website.
A to Z of Other Services
Ability Net offers advice and information on computers and software for disabled people: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk
Activities for children with ADHD. Online guide for parents. www.adhdchildparenting.com/adhd-child-therapeutic-activities.php
Addaction Thurrock is an integrated adult Drug and Alcohol treatment service. They provide a single point of contact for psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for the treatment of substance misuse. Go to: http://www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-visions-thurrock
ADISS - The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service - provides information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: http://www.addiss.co.uk/index.html
Age Concern (Thurrock) exists to promote the welfare of older people in Thurrock and make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience: http://www.ageconcernthurrock.co.uk
Ambitious About Autism is a charity for children and young people with autism which offers specialist education and support: http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/page/index.cfm
Alzheimer’s Society in Thurrock is a charity that provides support for those with dementia, their family and friends in Thurrock. Get in touch by calling 01375 413756 or email email@example.com
BATIAS offers support for those with learning difficulties as well as those with physical and sensory impairments: http://www.batias.com
Behavioral treatment for ADHD/ADD: A General Overview offers online information for parents.: www.helpforadd.com/add-behavioral-treatment
Big White Wall a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. It is available as an app. Go to https://www.bigwhitewall.com
CARIADS - Carers Information and Advice Service - provides information, advice and support for carers in Thurrock: http://www.askthurrock.org.uk/kb5/thurrock/fis/service.page?id=xQmavDVezrQ
Children's Centres in Thurrock offer a range of services for children under 5. There are 9 in Thurrock go to: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/childrens-centres
Child Safety Guide: How to keep kids safe when they're home alone. Online guide for parents who's children have been diagnosed with ADHD: www.homeadvisor.com/r/child-safety-guide-home-alone
Citizens Advice Bureau in Thurrock offers up-to-date information and advice on many topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, discrimination, employment, immigration and other problems go to: http://www.thurrockcab.org.uk
Deafblind UK - Support for coping with sight and hearing loss. Go to: www.deafblind.org.uk
Diabetes UK Essex Group - Offers advice, information and support for those suffering from diabetes: http://essex.diabetesukgroup.org
Emotional wellbeing and mental health services (EWMHS) is the new services for Children and Adolescents mental health services go to: http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-ewmhs
Family Information Service provides free and impartial information about Ofsted registered childcare in Thurrock. The family services directory called Ask Thurrock can help you to search for childcare in your area. You can use Ask Thurrock to search for the type of childcare that suits you. Go to: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/finding-childcare/family-information-service
Inclusion Thurrock - A psychological therapy service and recovery college. Inclusion Thurrock offers a simple gateway for those wanting to access talking therapies. Got to: http://inclusionthurrock.org
MoreLife is a Weight Management Programme. Talk to your GP about getting a free place on a MoreLife weight management programme. For more information go to: www.more-life.co.uk or call: 0800 038 9050
Open Door offers a variety of services - Go to: http://www.opendoorthurrock.co.uk/
- HASS Open Door is here to help if you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or have housing related issues such as rent arrears, problems with benefits and debt
- Interventions Open Door is a friendly and welcoming counselling based service
Parent Advisory Team Thurrock (PATT) offers free confidential and impartial advice and support to young people, and parents/carers of children with special education needs. Call 01375 389894 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
POhWER is a Community Advocacy Service in Thurrock. POhWER offers free, confidential and independent advocacy services to help people understand their rights, be treated as equals and be heard. Call 01375 486 317 (10am-4pm) or 0300 456 2370 (8am-6pm) email: email@example.com
Portage Service (Thurrock) is part of the Early Years and Childcare Service, working in partnership with parents and carers of families with pre-school children who have additional support needs. Go to: http://www.askthurrock.org.uk/kb5/thurrock/fis/service.page?id=h58KYwxyDMI
SERICC - South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre - provides a service to women and girls over 13 years old who have been raped, sexually assaulted, experienced child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or who have experienced any form of sexual violence or attempted sexual assault: http://www.sericc.org.uk
You can get sexual health advice, screening, testing and treatment – as well as support for your contraceptive needs – from Thurrock Sexual Health Service.
NHS sexual health clinics in Thurrock are run by a social enterprise organisation called Provide.
Go to the Thurrock Sexual Health Service website for more information.
If you would like a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test but do not have symptoms, go to Thurrock Sexual Health Service: test at home
St Luke's Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people living in the Basildon and Thurrock districts with any life threatening or life limiting disease. They also offer a counselling service for children and adults suffering with or who have family members undergoing palliative care. For more information on all their services please see their website: http://stlukeshospice.com
Stroke Association Thurrock provides advice, essential information and emotional support for those affected by stroke. Contact Christine Hamilton on: 07515 596699 email: Chritine.Hamilton@stroke.org.uk or go to: http://ww.stroke.org.uk
Thurrock Centre for Independent Living (TCIL) - Thurrock's Centre for Independent Living - offer advice and support on a variety of issues which affect disabled people: http://www.tcil.org.uk
The Counselling Directory provides a huge support network of counsellors, enabling visitors to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. Visit them at: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk
Thurrock Food Bank is a service that provides donations of food to those in financial difficulties. You can visit their website here: http://thurrock.foodbank.org.uk
Thurrock Coalition is a User-Led Organization for Thurrock working to uphold the rights and entitlements of disabled people, older people, their families and carers: http://www.thurrockcoalition.co.uk
Thurrock Council's Carers Support Service provides support for service users who are cared for in Thurrock: http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/socialcare/support/carers/
Thurrock Mind is a service that provides support for those with mental health problems: http://www.thurrockmind.org.uk
Thurrock Women's Aid provides information and support for those who have suffered from domestic violence: http://www.thurrock-wa.org/contact-us
TRUST - Thurrock Racial Unity Support Task Group - provide support and advocacy for minority communities in Thurrock: http://www.thurrockcvs.org/Core/Thurrock-CVS/Pages/TRUST_6.aspx
Victim Support is the independent national charity for people affected by crime. Call the victim support helpline on: 0808 1689 111 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: http://www.victimsupport.org.uk
3 Challenges to finding a babysitter for your special needs child and how to overcome them. Online article providing advice for parents. localbabysitter.com/special-needs-babysitters
5 ways to support siblings in special needs families. Online tips and advice for parents. childmind.org/article/5-ways-to-support-siblings-in-special-needs-families