|This is the first blog post in a series titled Wonderful Websites. This post focuses on the most wonderful websites for general health.
1. NHS Choices is crammed with health information. Information on health conditions, treatments, medications, public health issues, carers right, services, practically everything you could ever want to know about health and healthcare in the UK. Delivered by the NHS you can be assured of correct information that is up to date and based on research and evidence.
2. Patient.info has a A-Z list of articles written by doctors, information videos, a symptom checker and an active online community. On more than one occasion while at work in the NHS, I’ve seen doctors checking this valuable website.
3. NetDoctor is similar to Patient.Info, but with more of a focus on healthy living and healthy eating.
4. eMC (Medicines.org.uk) is a useful website for looking up information about medicines.
I use British National Formulary (BNF) but the medical terminology can be difficult for some from a non-medical/non-nursing background to understand; this is why eMC made it on this list instead of the BNF.
5. Office of National Statistics – Health and Social Care is the best place to find statistical information about health. It is regularly updated based on data from the NHS, Local Authories and other Government Departments.
6. National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides pathways, guidelines and advice across the UK for best possible evidence-based healthcare. The guidance they provide is developed by groups of clinical experts who provide experience of what works in practice and by examining and analysing research.
If you want to know what care you or a relative or friend should be receiving and check that it’s high quality visit NICE’s website.
7. Health For Teens I found while doing research for this post. It’s specifically aimed at teenagers and looks appealing. They even create content in consultation with young people. I think the name of the website maybe off-putting to young people though – but this is just my personal opinion.
Are there any health websites that you think are useful that aren’t on the list? If so leave a comment below and let me know.
The next post in the Wonderful Websites series will look at websites for mental health and mental illness.