Support Groups

Jarvis breast Centre

The Jarvis Breast Centre provides one of the largest NHS breast screening services in England for women living in Surrey and North East Hampshire. All women between 50 and 71 years of age will be invited for a screening appointment. Not all women will be invited as soon as they are 50 but they will receive an appointment before their 53rd birthday.

The list of women to invite is compiled from GP records, so it is important to make sure your details are correct at your GP practice. The invitation is sent out automatically.

Telephone: 0333 200 2062 (09:00-17:00, Monday -Friday)

Fax: 0333 200 2063

Website: www.breast-screening.surrey.nhs.uk

Crest Cancer Support

Many cancer charities support just the patient, but CREST believes that families and carers often suffer as much, so we are here for them too. CREST is different because it is a local charity run entirely by volunteers who give their time and expertise for free.

Telephone: 01784 446298

Website: www.crestcancer.org.uk

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

We offer support to anybody touched by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Helpline: 0800 907 8518

Website: www.ehlers-danlos.org

U3A (University of the Third Age)

U3A (University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement that brings together retired and semi-retired people to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

Website: u3asites.org.uk/spelthorne

Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

We are registered charity set up to meet the needs of people with the debilitating conditions Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) or Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA). We offer support, raise awareness and promote research.

Helpine: 0300 111 5090 Monday- Friday, 9am-4pm

Email: info@pmrgca.or.uk

Website: www.pmrgca.co.uk

Prostate Surgery

Men’s Prostate Support Group provides an opportunity for patients to link with other patients that have had prostate surgery. You can discuss and benefit from their experience and have a buddy to talk to who has been through similar experiences to those that you may have gone through or will go through.

Please ask our reception.

Improving Cancer Care Action Group

Patient led group working with ASPH in giving input into improving the cancer services throughout the Trust. The group meets regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of every month to discuss issues which affect patients, carers or their families.

Telephone: 01932 722851

Email: sarah.burton@asph.nhs.uk

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a general term meaning there is a common gut disorder. Many things can contribute to causing IBS such as:

– Anxiety and stress
– Diet related such as intolerance to foods
– Bad bacteria in the gut
– Overactive muscles of the gut

Website: www.ibsdiets.org

Citizens Advice Runnymede and Spelthorne

We provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives.

Facebook: @citizensadvicers

Twitter: @CitAdviceRS

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Telephone: 01932 827187

Lymphoedema Support Network

The Lymphoedema Support Network is a registered charity and the UK’s national patient support organisation for those living with or affected by lymphoedema.

Website: www.lymphoedema.org

Helping Hands

A group of local volunteers offering ‘Good Neighbour’ assistance in the TW15 area.

Telephone: 07754 083 502 between 10:00 and 12:00 Monday to Friday

Website: ashfordhelpinghands.btck.co.uk

Spelthorne Volunteer Drivers

We specialise in helping the elderly and infirm residents of our borough get to their medical appointments with the minimum of fuss and expense.
We cover all types of medical appointments;

– Doctors
– Hospitals
– Podiatry (Chiropody)
– Dentists
– Opticians
– Visiting relatives in hospital or nursing homes

We give our time freely but make a small charge to cover the expenses of our drivers.

Telephone: 07817 926736 Weekdays 10am – Noon

Website: www.spelthornevolunteerdrivers.org

Autoimmune Conditions

These often rare conditions can be isolating- please discuss with Dr Gill McFarlane who will endeavour to link you with other patients who are in a similar situation to yourself.

Traumatic Cardiac Event

If you have experienced a traumatic Cardiac event and would like to link in with other patients that have experienced similar trauma please contact our Reception. We will endeavour to link you up with other patients.

Ashford Breast Cancer Support Group

The group has members of all ages and backgrounds, and offers support and practical help to those who’ve had, or are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and for their loved ones.

Website: abcsupportgroup.org

Multiple Sclerosis Surrey

For information and support please visit:

Facebook: Surrey-MS-Society

Twitter: @surrey_ms

Telephone: 07834 456 963

Email: surrey@mssociety.org.uk