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Your spotlight on local services

Find and choose the right services

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Do you want to know what services are available and how to access them?

We provide a free signposting service at Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen. If you need informaiton about what support is available to you, and how you can assess them please get in touch by either completing our online feedback section, contacting the office, or visiting on of our community access points.


Our Health and Social Care Directory is available online and throughout the Borough. In it, you can find information about local

  • GP’s
  • Dentists
  • Opticians
  • Residential, Nursing Homes Domiciliary Agencies


The directory also offers more information and support in:

  • Understanding the NHS
  • What it social care
  • Your Rights to social care
  • Support for carers
  • Safety advice to help independent living
  • Living with a disability
  • Recognising mental health and support
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Planning your future care needs
  • Expressing complaints and concerns

 You can view the online version of the document by clicking the picture, or here.


Other local services available:

Your Support Your Choice  is a service providing free information and advice. The service is provided by Care Network in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.  It is located at 9a Town Hall Street, Blackburn (opposite Blackburn Central Library) and advisors are available to speak to on (01254) 292620 between 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. 

You can find information about:

  • Staying independent
  • Home safety and maintenance
  • Self directed support and peer support
  • Positive mental health and stress management
  • What's on in your community
  • Health and social care advice
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Support for people with a disability

Your local NHS Services  -  search by postcode to find your local NHS Services

NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.

You can find information about hospitals, GPs and dentists and urgent care. As well as basic contact details, you can also find feedback from other people about what they think about these services.

It’s not just limited to NHS information. You can also find information about other services in your area (often provided by charities) that can help you with conditions from Alzheimers through to weight loss.

The Care Quality Commission checks all hospitals, dentists, care homes and care services to see if they meet national standards. You can find out what they have to say about these services in your area by visiting their website.


How to find out if you are entitled to help with health costs on low income grounds:

Support with Health costs

Support with Dental costs