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Independent Advice, Support & Helpful Links

In Scotland  the Independent Advice and Support Service (IASS) is run by local Citizen’s Advice Bureaux offering specialist advice from qualified staff who have been employed to liaise with NHS staff. A leaflet giving further details is available from the Practice.

For Hawick, your nearest Citizen’s Advice Bureau is at Tower Dykeside in the town. Contact 01450 374266.

For Galashiels, your nearest Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the High Street, Galashiels. Contact 01896 753 889.

Useful Links For Patients

We understand that finding accurate medical advice and information online can seem like a bit of a minefield. As such we have compiled a list of


Due to the fact that the links below are from external sources. Mairches Medical Practice can not be held responsible for the accuracy, validity or relevance of said links and content.

Useful Links & Charity Support

Cancer Research UK

Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan are Europe’s leading cancer information charity, with  practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Diabetes UK

Largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition

Asthma UK

Their website is designed to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma.

Alzheimer’s Society

Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundations website provides info on their pioneering research, vital prevention activity and by ensuring quality care and support for people living with heart disease.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age.


Sense is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind as well as their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.

Guide Dogs For The Blind

Guide Dogs wants a world in which all blind and partially-sighted people enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else.


Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through this website.

MS Society

Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It affects two million more. They offer hope for the future by investing millions in research, and help for today.


Sands are UK based charity that support anyone affected by the death of a baby. They actively promote research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.