Health Information

The internet is a great source of information about healthcare issues, but the data you get back from search engines is unfiltered, and it can be hard to identify which sites are reliable and properly resourced. A lot of what comes back is just opinion, rather than fact, and Googling symptoms (e.g. "headache", "pins and needles") is a sure-fire way to convince yourself that you have a serious illness!

The following are websites that we recommend as providing reliable, well-researched health information; however, we would advise you not to rely totally on your own internet research, and to always discuss your health concerns with your GP.

  • www.undertheweather.ie - excellent HSE website providing clear advice on how to manage minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throat, flu, gastroenteritis, etc.
  • www.patient.co.uk - excellent, user-friendly site that provides evidence-based patient information on virtually all common diseases / symptoms / treatments (run by the NHS in the UK)
  • www.immunisation.ie - excellent HSE site giving all the information you need about childhood and adult vaccinations
  • www.cervicalcheck.ie - all the information you need about the National Cervical Cancer Screening Programme, including information about what a smear test entails, what the results mean, going for a colposcopy, etc.
  • www.medicines.ie - this is a site for doctors so the language can be a bit technical in places, but if you enter the name of a medication and click on the "SPC" button, you will get a complete list of information about the drug, including interactions with other medications, side effects, whether it's safe to use in pregnancy, etc. (This is basically the same as the information sheet that comes in the box with your tablets)
  • www.mdtravelhealth.com - good website giving information about the vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis you may need if travelling; you should always discuss your travel plans with your doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you leave (even if you have checked the website).
  • Mother and Baby: the following websites are all good resources
    • www.rollercoaster.ie - Irish parenting website with useful information and discussion boards on a wide range of topics
    • www.breastfeeding.ie - excellent HSE website providing practical information about how to breastfeed, local support groups, educational videos, etc.
    • www.cuidiudsw.ie - local branch of the national parenting support group, providing a wide range of services including antenatal classes, support for postnatal depression, mother and toddler groups, parenting advice, etc
    • www.kellymom.com - sensible, useful advice for breastfeeding Mums
    • www.alcireland.ie - contact details for accredited lactation consultants
    • www.drjacknewman.com - breastfeeding advice
  • www.aware.ie - support and advice for anyone suffering from depression, or concerned about a family member / friend with symptoms of depression
  • www.spunout.ie - well-researched, reliable website for young people (aimed at 16-25 year olds), providing support and information on a wide range of issues including health, sexuality, education, etc.
  • www.hse.ie - provides information on local services, HSE publications, medical cards, etc, but it can be hard to find exactly what you're looking for

Please be advised that we do not take any responsibility for the content of these websites, or information that you may receive from them. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP.

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