Support contact numbers:

If you think you have meningitis (don’t wait for a rash, trust your instincts): call 999 for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.

If you’re not sure if it’s serious, or think you may have been exposed to someone with meningitis: call NHS 111 or contact your local GP surgery for further advice.


Meningitis Now are the UK’s leading charity on meningitis. TheirĀ helpline is unable to give medical diagnosis, but they are there to give support to both bereaving family and friends, and survivors who are struggling with the after effects of contracting bacterial meningitis.
Helpline: 0808 80 10 388 (open: 9am – 8pm, 365 days a year)


The Meningitis Research Foundation dedicates itself to achieving its aim of world free from meningitis and septicaemia. They fund research into effective vaccines, diagnostics and treatments, and then share their results with the public, health professionals and research networks to raise awareness of the disease and work towards its eradication.
Freephone helpline: 080 8800 3344
Telephone England and Wales: 0333 405 6262