NHS Information

Official main NHS websites

The following official gateway sites include information about NHS organisations, local NHS services, what the NHS does, how it works, and how to use it. You can search for details of doctors, dentists, opticians, pharmacies, walk-in centres, hospitals, etc. You can look at performance indicators to see how your local services are doing, waiting times, etc.

NHS Choices (England)

NHS Inform (Scotland)

NHS Direct Wales

Health & Social Care Online (Northern Ireland)

NHS telephone services

NHS 111 England

Call 111 (24 hours) if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.

NHS Direct Wales

NHS Direct telephone information service for Wales (0845 4647 - 24 hours) providing a health advice and information service. 

NHS 24 Scotland

An online and telephone-based service (call 111 - 24 hours) providing answers to questions about health and offering advice.

Emergency Healthcare Northern Ireland

Information from NIDirect government services.  The number to call in Northern Ireland varies depending on the region.

Professional health care associations

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

British Association for Counselling

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

British Association of Occupational Therapists

British Dental Association

British Dietetic Association

British Institute of Radiology

British Orthodontic Society

British Orthopaedic Association

British Psychological Society

British Psychotherapy Foundation

British Society for Disability and Oral Health

British Society of Gastroenterology

British Society for Rheumatology

British Thoracic Society

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

College of Optometrists

College of Podiatry

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

General Chiropractic Council

General Dental Council

General Medical Council

General Optical Council

Health and Care Professions Council

Independent Midwives Association

Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)

Renal Association

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology
Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Pathologists

Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal College of Radiologists

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Midwives

Society of Endocrinology

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other agencies and organisations

British Red Cross

Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards

Food Standards Agency

Health and Safety Executive

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

NHS Health Scotland

National Blood Service

National Institute for Health and Care (NICE)

National Voices

Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman

Patient's Association

PHG Foundation

Public Health England

Hilary Cole
Peer Reviewer:
Hilary Cole
Document ID:
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Last Checked:
24 January 2012

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