NHS Choices

The NHS Choices website aims to personalise healthcare and provide information that will enable people to make a choice about when and where to receive their treatment.

This is a comprehensive information service that helps to put you in control of your healthcare. It helps you make choices about your health, from lifestyle decisions about things like smoking, drinking and exercise, through to the practical aspects of finding and using NHS services when you need them.

What is available?

The NHS Choices website provides a wide range of advice and guidance to help you keep warm and well during periods of cold weather. There is also a 'Keep Warm, Keep Well' leaflet available, giving top tips on staying well in cold weather for those over 60, low income families and for people living with a disability. Sections include: 

Symptom checker

Work through a simple assessment and get advice on what to do next.  

Medical advice

Information for those with an immediate medical worry including a self-help guide and symptom checker, answers to common health questions and an online enquiry service. 


Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.  It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.  You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as "seasonal flu".

Service finder

Enter your postcode to find telephone numbers and full details for all the health services in your area, everything from GPs and dentists to carer services and gyms.

Health A-Z 

Information from health professionals covering more than 750 conditions and treatments in an easy and comprehensive way in words, pictures and video including coping with particular conditions and treatments.

Compare hospitals

Look at the different ratings for things such as cleanliness, experience of a particular procedure and, in some cases, survival rates, through to car parking arrangements, general facilities, or availability of A&E departments.

Live Well

A lifestyle section that provides guides, tips and high quality information on how to live a healthier life. 

Carers Direct

A support service for the five million people in England who look after someone else. The site is full of information covering all aspects of caring, including advice and support, benefits, local services and more.


The NHS Choices website Links Library offers more than 1,200 addresses of health-related websites offering specialist support and information.