NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) is the UK’s biggest health website. It provides a comprehensive health information service to help put you in control of your healthcare.
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 and hundreds of videos and interactive tools. 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. You can also rate and comment on any service, including hospitals, GPs, care homes or dentists.
The site draws together the knowledge and expertise of:
- NHS Evidence, formerly the National Library for Health
- the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
- the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- many other health and social care organisations
NHS Choices is certified by the Information Standard as a producer of reliable health and social care information. This is a certification scheme for health and social care information. It was established by the Department of Health to help patients and the public make informed choices about their lifestyle, their health conditions and their options for treatment and care.
The site lets you create your own private user account and you can have content personalised for you on the NHS Choices homepage and in some other parts of the site.
An automated translation system allows most content to be displayed in 90 languages.
The NHS Choices service will be at the heart of current developments to produce a new national digital service covering health, public health and social care. Led by NHS England, the aim is to develop a world-leading, multi-channel service that will create a ‘front door’ for everyone to engage with the NHS and social care.