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Patient information leaflets

Our patient information leaflets are designed for you and others involved in your care. All the information comes from up-to-date and carefully checked guidance for doctors, but it’s been written in a way that makes it clearer for non-medical people. Find out more about how we produce our patient information leaflets.

You can browse all of our patient information leaflets below, see all our guidelines on a particular topic (see ‘filter by subject’) or search for a specific word or phrase.

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Chronic (long-term) pelvic pain
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who have chronic (long-term) pelvic pain.
Published 24/07/2015
Choosing to have a caesarean section
This information provides advice on a ‘planned’ or ‘elective’ caesarean section.
Published 17/07/2015
Umbilical cord prolapse in late pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about umbilical cord prolapse which can happen in late pregnancy.
Published 03/07/2015
Blood transfusion, pregnancy and birth
This patient information tells you about having a blood transfusion when pregnant or shortly after you give birth.
Published 01/07/2015
Pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy
This information is for you if you want to know what might be causing the pain in your pelvic girdle joints during pregnancy and what you can do about it.
Published 26/06/2015
Chickenpox and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who come into contact with, or develop, chickenpox or shingles during pregnancy.
Published 23/06/2015
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
This patient information leaflet provides advice on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and what it means for your long-term health. 
Published 22/06/2015
Revalidation – How do I know my doctor is up to date?
This patient information leaflet provides information about the revalidation of doctors. 
Published 23/02/2015
Beta thalassaemia and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who have beta thalassaemia and are pregnant or planning to have a baby.
Published 16/02/2015
Air travel and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice on travelling by air during pregnancy.
Published 06/02/2015

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