TalkHealth, a social media community in the United Kingdom provides UK-centered health information and online forums, and monthly “online clinics” where participants can ask questions of UK health experts and organizations for a given category of conditions. It is currently conducting its annual Bowel Issues and IBS Clinic for the IBS Awareness Month. It opened on April 1, and will remain open through April 30
TalkHealth is presenting this month’s clinic in cooperation with Bladder and Bowel UK, formerly PromoCon, a national service of Disabled Living for adults and children facing continence issues, and ERIC , a UK charity specifically focused on the bladder and bowel continence needs of children and teens. The Online Clinic for Bowel Issues and IBS 2017, which is an online forum, is currently open and accepting questions for the above dates only. Readers can access it by clicking the above link. Registration with the TalkHealth site is required to post questions and receive notification of responses. Registration is not required for the public to access and read threads that are already posted. After this month, online clinic responses will be archived on the site for some time, however it will no longer be possible to ask new questions of the experts for this year.
Please note that the online clinic is not intended as a discussion or support venue between people with IBS or other bowel issues, but for questions and answers between affected people and the clinic’s experts for this month, which include several UK gastroenterologists, a paediatrician, a clinical psychologist and two dieticians. Talk Health therefore asks that participants refrain from answering others’ questions posted in the Online Clinic and allow the professionals to respond. An open forum for IBS is available elsewhere on the site. Also keep in mind that while the clinic experts will do their best to provide helpful, accurate general information, they are not able to diagnose or treat anyone in an online forum and participants should still consult their own physicians if needed.
IBS Impact hopes TalkHealth provides another source of reputable information and support to our U.K. readers for IBS Awareness Month. In addition to the clinic this month, please browse the rest of the TalkHealth website, and feel free to leave comments on this post for the benefit of other IBS Impact readers as to if you find the resources useful.