Pre-existing Health Conditions

Guides and advice for people who have a physical pre-condition

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  • People with Cerebral Palsy
  • People with Crohn's Disease
  • People with Diabetes
  • People with Epilepsy
  • People with Chronic Kidney Conditions
  • People with Heart Disorders/COPD
  • People with HIV
  • People with Liver Disease
  • People with Lung Conditions
  • People with Motor Neurone Disease
  • People with Multiple Sclerosis
  • People with Parkinson's Disease

Community Support

Smart Patients

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.smartpatients.com/home
Online community for patients and families affected by a variety of illnesses. Learn about scientific developments related to your condition, share your questions and concerns with other members, and use what you learn in the context of your own life.

Scope

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.scope.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
Disability equality charity in England and Wales. Practical information and emotional support plus rights representation.

Medicine Delivery

NHS prescriptions, delivered forย free

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.echo.co.uk/
Free delivery of NHS prescriptions to homes or local post offices.


Find a GP/Prescription Services


People with Addison's Disease

Addison's Self-Help Group

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.addisonsdisease.org.uk/news/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Advice for people with Addison's and Adrenal Insufficiency.

Society for Endocrinology

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.endocrinology.org/adrenal-crisis

Adrenal Crisis Information


The Pituitary Foundation

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://pituitary.org.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-advice/
Guidelines to help pituitary patients stay safe.

People with Asthma

Asthma UK

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/ย 

Asthma Action Plan (downloadable)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/manage-your-asthma/action-plan/
Personalised asthma action plan based on your asthma history:

  • which medicines to take each day
  • how to spot if your asthmaโ€™s getting worse โ€“ and what to do
  • what an asthma attack is and what to do if you have one


Global Asthma Network

๐Ÿ”—http://www.globalasthmanetwork.org/patients/other.php

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

US๐Ÿ”—https://community.aafa.org/blog/coronavirus-2019-ncov-flu-what-people-with-asthma-need-to-know
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

People with Auto-Immune Disorders

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

US๐Ÿ”—https://www.aarda.org/aarda-covid-19/
Resources and information for global autoimmune disease patients.

AutoImmune Wellness Blog

US๐Ÿ”—https://autoimmunewellness.com/how-to-aip-during-a-pandemic/
How to AIP During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance
GL๐Ÿ”—https://rheum-covid.org/
Bringing together the global rheumatology community to curate and disseminate accurate and comprehensive knowledge to advance rheumatology care in the COVID-19 pandemic.

People with Cancer

Vine Health

๐Ÿ”—https://www.vinehealth.ai/

We're working with oncologists, specialist cancer nurses and patientsย to build an app allowing patients to easily report and monitorย their symptoms, medication, and activity levels.


Macmillan Cancer Support

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/get-help/physical-help/cancer-and-coronavirusย 
Coronavirus guidance for people with Cancer.

Cancer Index

GL๐Ÿ”—http://www.cancerindex.org/clinks7.htm
This page lists major National and International organisations involved in cancer treatment, research, and support. It is not an exhaustive list - further organisations are listed in their pages for specific cancer types, medical specialities and countries. ย 

Cancer Research UK

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer
Cancer and Coronavirus by Cancer Research UK

*Talk to the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

American Cancer Society

US๐Ÿ”—https://www.cancer.org/
What cancer patients, their families, and caregivers need to know.

Ovarian Cancer Action

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://ovarian.org.uk/news-and-blog/news/q-coronavirus-and-ovarian-cancer/
Advice on Coronavirus for people in England with ovarian cancer.


Ovarian Cancer Action Covid-19 Information Hub

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://ovarian.org.uk/ovarian-cancer/patient-hub/covid-19-information-hub/

People with Cerebral Palsy

Scope

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.scope.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
Disability equality charity in England and Wales. Practical information and emotional support plus rights representation.

The Bobath Centre

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.bobath.org.uk/news/coronavirus-advice-people-cerebral-palsy
Advice for people with cerebral palsy including online therapy.

BIBIC

UK๐Ÿ”—https://bibic.org.uk/
Digital services for children with (6-25 years) and their families. Support for developmental difficulties, learning disabilities, special educational needs (SEN) and genetic conditions - Autism, Brain injury, Cerebral palsy, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Global developmental delay (GDD), Dyslexia, Downโ€™s syndrome, Sensory processing difficulties and many more.

National Institute for Conductive Education (NICE)

UK๐Ÿ”—https://conductive-education.org.uk/
Digital services for people with neurological motor disorders including face-to-face teaching, individual physical and academic resources and remote links, remote working and online resources and video conferencing sessions and practical support packages for our adults.

People with Crohns Disease

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

UK๐Ÿ”—https://site.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/living-with-crohns-colitis/find-a-support-group/
Hundreds of support groups for people with Crohnโ€™s disease and ulcerative colitis throughout the country.

What IBD Patients Should Know

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/coronavirus/what-ibd-patients-should-know

Crohn's & Colitis UK

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice
FAQs for people with Crohnโ€™s and Colitis.

British Society of Gastroenterology

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.bsg.org.uk/covid-19-advice/bsg-advice-for-management-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

The European Federation of Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA)

EU๐Ÿ”—https://www.efcca.org/en/about-efcca
Umbrella organisation representing 39ย national Crohnโ€™s and Ulcerative Colitis patient associations.


International Organization For the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

GL๐Ÿ”—https://ioibd.org/covid-19-and-ibd-webinars-and-guidelines/
COVID 19 and IBD webinars and guidelines.

People with Diabetes

Diabetes UK

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
Advice for people with diabetes

American Diabetes Association

US๐Ÿ”—https://www.diabetes.org/
Advice for people with diabetes

European Association for the Study of Diabetes

EU๐Ÿ”—https://www.easd.org/
Groundbreaking diabetes research and to promote the next generation of leading diabetes researchers.

Lists of Global Diabetes Organisations

๐Ÿ”—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Diabetes_organizations

Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19

๐Ÿ”—https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS22a13-8587(20)30152-2/fulltext
Insight into potential mechanistic links between the novel coronavirus infection and diabetes, practical management recommendations, and differential needs of several patient groups.

Why Blood Sugars Matter

US๐Ÿ”—https://asweetlife.org/covid-19-why-blood-sugar-matters/
Why blood sugar management is critically important to people with diabetes under the threat of the novel coronavirus

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/Controlling-blood-sugar-levels-could-improve-COVID-19-health-outcomes.html

Maintainingย good blood sugar controlย could improve COVID-19 health outcomes of people with diabetes who become infected with the disease.

How to get Reduced Price Insulin during the COVID-19 Pandemic

US๐Ÿ”—https://asweetlife.org/
The big three insulin manufacturers have assistance programs that can help you get insulin for less. Eli Lilly, has even launched a major new reduced pricing initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Covid-19: how vulnerable are people with diabetes?

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2020/apr/22/covid-19-how-vulnerable-are-people-with-diabetes-podcast
Dr Dipesh Patelย on the effects of Covid-19 on people with diabetes, including the role that glucose levels and a high BMI might play.

We Are Diabetes

GL ๐Ÿ”—http://www.wearediabetes.org/
Support, education, guidance and hope for individuals living with type 1 diabetes who struggle with disordered eating behaviors.ย 

Beyond Type 1

US๐Ÿ”—https://beyondtype1.org/coronavirus-and-type-1-diabetes/
Non-profit organization changing what it means to live with diabetes.

Nightscout (#wearenotwaiting on social media)

GL๐Ÿ”—http://www.nightscout.info/
An open source DIY project that was developed by parents of children with type 1 diabetes. The goal of the project is to allow remote monitoring of a T1Dโ€™s glucose level using existing monitoring devices.

People with Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/about/international-epilepsy-organisations
Worldwide epilepsy organisations.

People with Chronic Kidney Conditions

Kidney Care UK

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/
Guidance for patients with kidney disease plus couselling and support services.

The National Kidney Foundation

US๐Ÿ”—https://www.kidney.org/covid-19
People with kidney disease and transplant recipients are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. Learn how to protect yourself and reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.

The Renal Foundation

GL๐Ÿ”—https://renal.org/information-for-patients/
The Renal Association is the organisation of professional UK nephrologists. Links are provided for patients and for nephrologists to explore and pass on to patients.ย 

People with Heart Disease

The British Heart Foundation

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
What Coronavirus means for you if you have heart or circulatory disease.

The World Heart Federation

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
Information on the link between COVID-19 and CVD.

Global Heart Hub

GL๐Ÿ”—https://globalhearthub.org/covid-19/
The latest advice from medical experts on COVID-19 and people living with heart failure or heart valve disease.

European Heart Network

EU๐Ÿ”—http://www.ehnheart.org/covid-19.html
links to reliable sources of information for people who live with heart and circulatory diseases.

People with HIV

POZ

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.poz.com/tag/coronavirus
What people with HIV need to know about the new Coronavirus.

NAM

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.aidsmap.com/archive?content-type%5B0%5D=news&content-type%5B1%5D=about-hiv&topic%5B0%5D=14452
The impact of the new coronavirus pandemic on people with HIV, sexual health and HIV services.

British HIV Association

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.bhiva.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19
COVID-19 & shielding: advice for HIV clinicians, GPs and people living with HIV

The Terrence Higgins Trust

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.tht.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19
Information on the new virus, guidance for people living with HIVย and answers to frequently asked questions from Drย Michael Brady.

UNAIDS. The Joint United Nations Programme onย HIV/AIDSย (UNAIDS)

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.hiv.gov/federal-response/pepfar-global-aids/global-hiv-aids-organizations
Global HIV/AIDS Organizations.

CATIE

CA๐Ÿ”—https://www.catie.ca/en/catienews/2020-03-17/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-hiv-and-hepatitis-c-what-you-need-know
HIV and hepatitis C: What you need to know.

People with Liver Disease (such as Hepatitis)

British Liver Trust

UK๐Ÿ”—https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-health-advice-for-people-with-liver-disease-and-liver-transplant-patients/
Health advice for people with liver disease and liver transplant patients.

Hepatitis Australia

AUS๐Ÿ”—https://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/news/coronavirus-factsheet
Factsheet for people with hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

EASL

GL๐Ÿ”—https://easl.eu/covid-19-and-the-liver/
COVID-19 and the liver.

People with Lung Conditions

The British Lung Foundation

GB๐Ÿ”—https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
Information about coronavirus and useful links for the latest updates.

People with Motor Neurone Disease

Motor Neurone Disease Association

GL๐Ÿ”—https://www.mndassociation.org/
Latest Coronviris and MND information. Hub continuously updated with expert advice.

People with Multiple Sclerosis

The MS Society

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/ms-and-coronavirus-care-and-support
General care and support for MS and Coronavirus

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/treatments-and-therapies/disease-modifying-therapies/covid-19-coronavirus-and-ms
Disease modifying therapies (DMTs): COVID-19 Coronavirus and MSย 

The National MS Society

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-you-need-to-know-about-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)
What You Need To Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

People with Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://www.parkinson.ca/parkinson-canadas-action-plan-for-covid-19/
An action Plan for COVID-19.

Parkinson's UK

UK๐Ÿ”—https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/news/understanding-coronavirus-and-parkinsons
Understanding coronavirus and Parkinsonโ€™s - information and support.ย 

Parkinson's News Today

US๐Ÿ”—https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/information-about-covid-19-for-parkinsons-patients/
Information about COVID-19 for Parkinsonโ€™s patients.

International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

US๐Ÿ”—https://www.movementdisorders.org/MDS/Resources/Helpful-Links.htm
The MDSย Movement Disorders Specialist Finderย is a free tool to help you find important members of your care team.

American Parkinson Disease Association

US๐Ÿ”—https://www.apdaparkinson.org/article/questions-about-pd-and-covid-19/
Answering questions about Parkinsonโ€™s disease and Covid-19.