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NHS Choices

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. 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.

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
Along with articles and reports, the site offers hundreds of videos, interactive tools and listings that allow you to compare services, such as hospitals, GPs, care homes or dentists. You can also rate and comment on any service.

The site lets you create your own private user account and you can have content personalised for you on the NHS Choices homepage.

An automated translation system allows most content to be displayed in more than 50 languages.

NHS Choices is certified by the Information Standard as a producer of reliable health and social care information.

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 a world-leading, multi-channel service that will create a 'front door' for everyone to engage with the NHS and social care.

The aim is to transform NHS Choices and associated services into a new information, feedback, transactions and participation service delivered through mobile apps, SMS, phone lines and online channels.

An early 'beta' version of the new service will be made public late in 2013 and development, guided by user feedback, will continue into 2014 and beyond.

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