Patient Information

Help your patients (and their families) learn more about their health concerns by using information from reliable health sources. The sites provide good overviews about a wide range of medical conditions so they can help staff at all levels increase their knowledge.

Two leaflets have been produced to help you find good quality health information online and to get the best out of NHS Choices

Finding Good Quality Health Information Online

This leaflet will help you quickly identify health information quality standards, gives examples of two good websites, and hints and tips on assessing health information online

NHS Choices Guide

NHS Choices is one of the best sources of trustworthy health information. This guide will help you navigate around the site and get the best out of the information on it

Leaflets from many patient organisations are available in various languages and formats

NHS Choices and Patient give links to many other organisations and more detailed information is well signposted from those sites

ClinicalKey: available to health professionals
Requires Open Athens
Patient Education option available to browse or search. Information is in English but there are some available in Spanish

NHS Choices: freely available
Useful A-Z option for health conditions
Search for GPs, dentists and hospitals
Behind the headlines explores the facts behind many of the health stories which can appear in the UK media

NICE Evidence: freely available
Search on a topic eg Gout – there is limit function to locate information available for the public
The information is taken from sources including Bupa, Cancer Research UK, Patient, NHS Choices

Patient: freely available
Search health conditions, medicines. Search for dentists/GPS/support groups

UpToDate: also available to health professionals via Favourites tab on SaSH PCs
Requires Open Athens
2 levels of patient information The Basics (1-2 pages) and Beyond the Basics (3-5 pages)