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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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Mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, a mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence.
Published 22/10/2015
Diagnosis and treatment of venous thrombosis in pregnancy and after birth
This patient information leaflet provides information on symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in women who are pregnant or who have just given birth.
Published 06/08/2015
Reducing the risk of venous thrombosis in pregnancy and after birth
This patient information leaflet provides information about reducing the risk of venous thrombosis for women who are thinking about having a baby, who are already pregnant or who have just had a baby.
Published 06/08/2015
Understanding how risk is discussed in healthcare
This patient information leaflet provides advice on understanding how your doctor and other healthcare professionals will discuss risk with you. 
Published 04/08/2015
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

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