There is a multitude of UK health and medical resources on the internet, and the best websites can be a handy first port of call when you are trying to find out information about a medical concern, or local healthcare services.
The NHS is the most reliable source of health information and should usually be your first point of call.
www.nhs.uk – Provides comprehensive information on health (A-Z), how to live well, what care and support is available to the public, topical health and medical news and what services are available in your area.
The former NHS Direct telephone number has recently been updated to 111, and if you cannot speak to your GP surgery or an out of hours GP, it is often recommended that you call NHS 111 to access urgent assistance or arrange for an out of hours GP to visit you.
In addition there are local websites affiliated to your local trust, which provide more detailed information about your local NHS services.
Here are some very useful NHS quick links:
- Click here to find out how to find out your NHS number
- Use the NHS service finder to find dentist services
- Information about choosing a GP
- Acess GP online services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access GP records
- Find a pharmacy near you (England)
- Health and Care Video Library - 600 videos explaining conditions, illnesses and procedures. Also available as an app.
This is one of the most highly used medical sites in the world, but bear in mind that it is American and not all the services mentioned will be available in the UK (www.webmd.com).
There is a health A-Z plus a symptom checker that is a useful resource for checking any areas of concern. The news and story section is searchable and can help you to keep up-to-date with the latest health research.
Social media accounts:
The Net Doctor website www.netdoctor.co.uk is a comprehensive site that offers articles about healthy living, information on conditions and treatments and a symptom checker.
One of the most useful areas is the health services section – in which readers can find factsheets and advice about how to make the most of a GP appointment and offers information on the changes that are happening in the NHS. There is also an ‘Ask the Dr’ service if you wish to post a quick query online.
Patient.info is another leading independent health platform, established for 20 years. With more than 18 million visits a month, it is a trusted source of information for both patients and health professionals across the globe.
Finding reliable health information online
The internet is a great source of medical information but it is unregulated, that is why using reliable sources is really important. Read this leaflet from Royal United Hospitals Bath which will help you to assess whether information is reliable.
This guide was last updated on 12/4/21