Useful Information Links

We have used this page to provide you with some useful links with useful information about various health topics.

Safety Tips:

Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, says: “We are asking everyone out and about enjoying the season to put security at the top of their festive list.

“The chances of any one person being caught up in a terrorist incident are low. But sadly, as we saw in 2017 and more recently, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime.

“The national threat level remains Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, so we need to remain vigilant.

“Our message is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something that doesn’t look right – ACT. Report it either to local security or staff – or to police at: – and let us check it out.

“A few minutes of your time could be a precious gift that helps saves lives. Please be a good CT citizen this festive period.”

If you’ve seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, trust your instincts and report it at:

Children and Button Batteries
Button batteries, especially big, powerful lithium coin cell batteries, can badly injure or kill a child if they are swallowed and get stuck in the food pipe.

Button batteries are small, round batteries that come in many different sizes and types. Lithium button batteries (often called ‘coin batteries’ or ‘coin cell batteries’) are the most powerful. They power many of our devices at home to make our life more convenient.

If a lithium coin cell battery gets stuck in a child’s food pipe, it can cause catastrophic internal bleeding and death within hours of being swallowed.

So it’s important to keep spare and ‘dead’ lithium coin cell batteries and any objects with easily accessible lithium coin cell batteries out of children’s reach, and to act fast if you think your child may have swallowed one.

Children most at risk are between 1 and 4 years, but younger and older children can also be at risk. Read more at:

It can be difficult to spot a scam. Fraudsters are extremely cunning and good at creating convincing scams.

You may avoid falling for scams by asking yourself these seven simple questions. If you answer yes to any of the following, there’s a good chance it’s a scam.
Read more here:

Safety Online
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?

That’s where we come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, our tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.
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Health watch Sunderland

Local Healthwatches have been set up across England to create a strong, independent consumer champion whose aim is to:

  • Strengthen the collective voice of citizens and communities in influencing local health and social care services to better meet their needs
  • Support people to find the right health and social care services for them by providing appropriate information, advice and signposting
  • To encourage and support people and groups to share their views about services; listen to people’s needs and experiences of services

Healthwatch will have a flexible and robust work plan to meet the needs of the aims and objectives of the organisation.  For further information about our work plan please contact us.

Healthwatch Sunderland will work with local people, patients, service users, carers, community groups, organisations, service providers and commissioners to get the best out of local health and social care services. This doesn’t just mean improving services today but influencing and shaping services to meet the needs of the local communities tomorrow.


Loneliness helplines

Northumberland Tyne and Wear Trust



Kooth, commissioned by Sunderland CCG and Together for Children is an emotional well-being support service available to young people aged 11-25 years in Sunderland.

 Kooth provides individuals with:

  Instant access to an online community of support

– An opportunity to access services anonymously

– Access to BACP accredited counsellors via chat

– Access to online articles and magazines

– An opportunity for young people to write their own articles and to share their story

– Young people can set their own personal goals and are supported by the counsellors online

– A self- referral process to access Kooth from any internet device, 365 days a year. 


Hints and Tips on help with general wellbeing

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Sunderland MIND is an independent charity run by local people for local people.
They provide confidential, high quality services for individuals, carers and families experiencing emotional or mental health problems. They aim to do this in a safe, caring, non-judgmental and supportive environment.
You can sign up to any of their services, they are open to all and welcome referrals from community, voluntary, statutory, private sectors and other agencies.  Please click on the link below for further information.
Sunderland MIND


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All staff in the practice are “Dementia Friends” and hwe ave 1 Dementia Champion.  We are able to offer support and information.  Please click on the link below for more information.
Sunderland Alzheimers Society

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This year sees the 40th Anniversary for the Sunderland Branch BHF.  Please click on the link below for further information.
British Heart Foundation

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PANTS is an initiative by the NSPCC around safeguarding children and being open to discussions around keeping children safe.  Please click on the link for guidance on this by NSPCC.


The Sunderland Macmillan Cancer Support Centre aims to ensure that everyone in Sunderland/Washington has access to high quality information relating to any aspect of cancer. They also aim to provide practical/emotional support and a listening ear to both patients and carers.  The service is for anyone who is living with or has survived cancer, is worried about cancer, is caring for someone with cancer or has been bereaved through cancer.  Please click on the link below to access further information.
Sunderland Macmillan


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We have come across an interesting page “Patient Memoirs” – it is a GP led page of patient experience videos from how to deal with a difficult diagnosis to day to day issues – click on the link below for a browse.
Patient Memoirs

The extent of alcoholism amongst the elderly. 
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 6-11% of elderly people admitted to hospital exhibited symptoms of alcoholism. 20% of elderly patients admitted to psychiatric treatment also exhibited symptoms of alcoholism. 14% of elderly residents admitted to emergency rooms also exhibited signs of alcoholism. Around 49% of elderly people living in nursing homes were thought to suffer from alcoholism.

NHS Choices

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