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We would like to provide the following additional material to Appendix 3 “Sources of information and help available for patients and carers” which appeared on 263–4 of the BTS statement on malignant mesothelioma in the UK published recently in Thorax.1
The following Asbestos Support Groups are the major practical sources of information in the UK for people with asbestos related diseases. Most provide a drop in and telephone service, giving confidential free advice and support to patients and families. They also have particular expertise in the field of industrial injury benefits and government and civil compensation claims. Although most of the groups are in the north of England, telephone queries from any part of Great Britain are acceptable to them.
Manchester (tel: 0161 953 4037)
Sheffield (tel: 0114 282 3212 or 01709 513 587)
Liverpool (tel: 0151 236 1895)
Bradford (tel: 01274 393 949)
West Yorks (tel: 0113 243 9979)
Cheshire (tel: 01928 576641)
Nottingham (tel: 0115 927 5108)
Clydeside Action on Asbestos (tel: 0141 552 8852)
Clydebank Asbestos Group (tel: 0141 951 1008)
Other important sources of help and information are:
The Macmillan Mesothelioma Information Line (tel: 0113 206 6466; email:) and the Occupational and Environmental Diseases Association (OEDA), both of which were mentioned in the original statement.
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