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If you have lost a loved one to meningitis and would like to speak to our Founder, Steve Dayman, at anytime, please call him on 07903 412144 or email him at [email protected]. Steve knows personally the impact of meningitis having lost his son Spencer to meningitis in 1982.
Our confidential nurse-led helpline is available to anyone who is looking for information or support around the subjects of meningitis, meningococcal septicaemia and the after-effects. Calls are answered between 9am and 12 midnight by nurses or our experienced support staff.
We can help:
We cannot diagnose or give medical advice. If you suspect someone has meningitis or septicaemia get medical help immediately. You can call NHS Direct/NHS 24 or your GP, go to your nearest accident and emergency department or dial 999 for an ambulance
We are full members of The Helplines Partnership and adhere to their good practice standards for helplines.
Calls from landlines in all parts of the UK are free. Calls from Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin, Three and Vodafone mobile networks are free. Other mobile networks may charge.
Calls can be translated into 170 languages using the language line service. The Text Relay service allows hearing impaired clients to call our helpline. We also have an email facility.
If you do need to talk with someone when our helpline is closed, you can call any of the following 24hr services:
Health information and advice:
Non-urgent enquiries can also be sent by email to: [email protected] . We aim to respond to emails within 2 working days (Monday-Friday).
Meningitis changed Portia Hampton’s life forever as she has been left with after-effects including hearing loss and low confidence, her daughter Carys is her inspiration. Portia says:
“Without the support I received from my family [Meningitis Now], I would have been truly lost. I was able to talk through my feelings and fears to someone who really understood. It was so reassuring to be told that what I was going through was all part of the recovery process after meningitis."
Meningitis Now is the new name for Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust. Our goals remain the same – saving lives and rebuilding futures.
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