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Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.


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We hope you find the links above useful .


One of our roles as health care professionals is to advocate and support breastfeeding. This is because breastfeeding offers many benefits to both the mother and baby.

 For your baby these include: Less likely to suffer a cot death

Protection against chest and ear infections

                                      Lower risk of diabetes

Better mental development

Better mouth formation and straighter teeth

Protection against gastro-enteritis and   

tummy upsets

Less smelly nappies

It’s free and readily available!!


And for Mothers there are advantages too:

Faster return to pre-pregnancy figure

Lower risk of ovarian and pre-menopausal breast cancer

Stronger bones in later life       

(World Health Organisation)



If you would consider breastfeeding your baby, we would recommend attending an Infant Feeding Workshop which can be booked using the Royal Berkshire Hospital parentcraft telephone number in your booking information pack.

After you have had your baby, the Midwives, Maternity Care Assistants and Health Visitors are trained to help and support you, both in the hospital and at home.

If additional help is required, there is a breast feeding clinic which runs every weekday morning (10-13.00) in the Maternity Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and also one on Thursday mornings (11-12.30) in Battle library on the Oxford Rd. These clinics are open to all, regardless of where you have had your baby.

In addition, there are a number of national support groups which can be accessed locally. The numbers for these can be found in the back of the ‘Pregnancy Book’.


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