I do the odd book review for Macmillan. Well worth signing up for if you enjoy reading. You get to choose the books you'd like to review, it's sent to you, and you can keep it or pass it on to someone who might enjoy it.
My latest compulsive read has been Dr Phil Hammond's book STAYING ALIVE. Phil is a GP - now part-time - and a TV performer and stand-up comic. His book is a fascinating insight into working alongside staff in the NHS to make it work well for you. It has numerous stories of people living with various medical conditions, and experiences good and bad of NHS care.
There are helpful suggestions as to how to make the most of hospital appointments. Reminders to feed back to staff when things are good and what to do if you're not happy with the service you receive. I found the links to relevant books, research papers and websites very interesting- IWantGreatCare, Healthtalk.org and PatientOpinion as well as official sites such as the Care Quality Commission.
These days social media enables us to read what other patients are getting and it may make you feel uneasy. There are good hints and tips as to what you can do if you find yourself in that situation.