NHS Choices

NHS Choices

NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website.  The website helps you make choices about your health, from decisions about your lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise, to finding and using NHS services in England.  NHS Choices includes more than 20,000 regularly updated articles. There are also hundreds of thousands of entries in more than 50 directories that you can use to find, choose and compare health services in England.

  • Health A-Z
    This section explains more than 840 conditions and treatments in words, pictures and videos. Top doctors and health professionals share their knowledge and advice while patients give an insight into coping with conditions and the treatments they have had.  You can also check symptoms for a wide range of conditions and get advice on the next steps.  In addition, our medicines guide provides comprehensive information about prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including known possible side effects, interactions and dosages.  The online clinic service enables you to get quick answers to your personal medical questions from specialists, including consultants, GPs, nurses and other clinicians.
  • Guides
    NHS Choices carries a range of 'guides' that pull together a mass of easily understood information on big topics. These include the Pregnancy and baby guide, the Moodzone, which covers stress, anxiety and depression, the Dementia guide, the Contraception guide, and the Vaccinations guide.
  • Common health questions
    Get quick answers to hundreds of common health questions on subjects such as dental health, food and diet, pregnancy, contraception, sexual health, travel health and much more.
  • Services near you
    This section has comprehensive directories of NHS services in England. More than 300 national directories give details of everything from hospitals, GPs and dentists to care services, gyms, addiction support and services for specific conditions. All you have to do is select the type of service you are looking for and enter a postcode, location or organisation name. For some NHS services you can also see how well your local area is performing against national standards.
  • Patient feedback and comments
    Rate and comment on NHS services, including hospitals, GPs, dentists and mental health trusts. You can give your views about the care that you, a friend or family member received.  Patient feedback helps you make informed decisions about health services and encourages healthcare providers to assess their services and make changes where necessary. We alert service providers when a comment has been left on their profile and they are given the opportunity to reply.
  • Live Well
    This is the healthy living section of the site, where you can find information and advice for people of all ages on staying healthy. There are more than 100 topics on everything from anger management to workplace health.  Browse Live Well and get tips on losing weight, getting fit, stopping smoking, healthy eating and much more.

Last modified: 

28 Jan 2015