Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.

It can be life-threatening if not treated quickly because it can cause blood poisoning (septicaemia) and lead to permanent damage of the brain or nerves. More information form the links here.

  • Meningitis Research Foundation

    Helpline, clear symptom checker, and long term support and information about treatments.

    0808 800 3344


  • Meningitis Now

    Helpline, information about symptoms and how to help research into this condition.

    0808 80 10 388


  • Patient.info

    Extensive, good quality health information usually provided by GPs and nurses during consultation.


  • NHS Direct Wales

    NHS Direct Wales is a 24 hour helpline, which can give advice about health and health services across Wales. It is staffed by experienced nurses specially trained to give advice over the phone and provide information about all your local services.

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