This web page brings together a number of organisations which can help people waiting for surgery or treatment to overcome some common problems. Some of the support organisations listed may also help anyone with some of their medical and non-medical needs.
We know that as patients wait for elective surgery or hospital treatment, many may face difficulties such as weight gain, loneliness, financial difficulty, practical difficulties with everyday tasks or poor mental health.
Sometimes surgery cannot go ahead if a patient’s fitness decreases considerably or if a long term condition has not been under control in the months before surgery. This can be devastating for the person concerned.
Read our long term conditions fact sheets for advice on managing chronic illnesses.
The organisations listed can support patients to ‘wait well’. There are also links to support people who look after someone awaiting surgery or treatment.
Click on the boxes below to access services in your area.