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Health & Wellbeing (formerly Public & Patient Information)

Public Info

Useful Resources

This webpage contains some information that may be useful to members of the public, patients and their carers, family or friends.

Below is a short list of national and local support organisations with additional resources listed further down the page.

A more detailed list is available here Support Organisations List.


NHS 111

NHS Choices

NHS Health A-Z

NHS Medicines A-Z

Cruse Bereavement Care

Macmillan Cancer Support

Vicitim Support


National Domestic Violence Helpline

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB)

County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services

Durham County Carers Support

Darlington & Co Durham Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling


Your Health Collection

Is a selection of books and digital support resources

Health Education England (HEE) and the Reading Agency have worked together in partnership to bring together  a collection of resources to support users of health and prison libraries to understand and manage their health.

The collection of 10 books and 30 digital resources are on a theme of better health and living well and were selected by healthcare, health information and knowledge specialists working in the NHS, prisons, public health and Higher Education. The resources are accessible, inclusive and reflect the diversity of society.

The books are available at both CDDFT libraries. Please check our Library Catalogue for details.

Staff are able to access the online collection through any computer or mobile device.

Your Health Collection:

YHC Books

YHC Digital


Health and Care Video Library

Please note:

This video collection will not be available after 31st March 2023. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about this. Please click on the Our Libraries link on the right of the screen.

The Health and Care Video Library has been designed to help people manage their health and wellbeing, alongside the care provided by healthcare professionals. The videos have been written by medical scriptwriters with input from NHS clinicians. The videos are reviewed regularly to ensure that they provide current information.

Health and Care Video Library for Patients the public

Health and Care Video Library for Healthcare  professionals For access to the Health and Care Library Resource Hub, a set of tools and resources to help you maximise the impact of using the video library.


Reading Well


Reading Well Books on Prescription help individuals understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are endorsed by health professionals, as well as by people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. The scheme is also supported by public libraries.

Reading Well has published several Reading Lists, covering Long Term Conditions, Dementia and Mental Health (Please see the links under Related Publications). The Trust Library Service has purchased many of these books, however if we don't have a book in stock at your local CDDFT Staff Library, please don't hesitate to request it and we can try and get it from elsewhere.

To search for the Reading Well books please visit our Library Catalogue .

If you need further information from the Library Team, please click on the Our Libraries link on the right of the screen.

'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you have working for you at DMH.'

Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial Hospital