Exploring the NHS website
Find out how to find the health information you need on the site.
The NHS website is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.
This banner is at the very top of every NHS.uk page. It gives you a link back to the homepage, buttons for each large section of the site, and a search bar. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on the homepage, try using the search bar and type in what you want to find.
This is the front page of the NHS website, the first things you see are the Health A-Z and the Medicines A-Z. Health A-Z is an alphebetised list of the NHS's pages on specific health issues, symptoms, and guidance. Medicines A-Z is an alphebetised list of medicines, how they work, how to take them, and possible side effects.
As you move further down the page you will find this section which explains where to get medical help, ranging from contacting your GP, to calling 999 for an ambulance in an emergency. Clicking on the arrow below will take you to a webpage with more information on this.
This section, further down the page, helps you to find NHS services local to you. This includes all kinds of NHS services such as, GPs, pharmacies, hospitals, and dentists.
This "Focus on" section gives you links to specific pages on the website such as diabetes or cancer. This means you can go straight to these pages without searching for them.
This section of the homepage focusses on healthy living, giving you links to advice pages about losing weight, exercising, eating well, and help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Clicking the arrow underneath will take you to a larger section of the site all about healthy living.
This is the 1st of the 5 buttons on the main NHS banner at the top of the page. This section contains information on conditions, treatment options, vaccinations (jabs) and answers to common health questions.
The 2nd of 5 buttons on the main NHS banner at the top of the page. This section contains information on living well including mental wellbeing, exercise, quitting smoking, and other healthy lifestyle information.
This is the 3rd of the 5 buttons on the NHS banner at the top of the page. This section is on social care and support. If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this website explains your options and where you can get support.
This is the 4th of 5 buttons on the NHS banner at the top of the page. It is a pregnancy guide with all you need to know about trying for a baby, pregnancy, labour and birth.
This is the 5th of 5 buttons on the NHS banner at the top of the page. This is a section on NHS services such as:
- how to find local GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, and other locations
- help with health costs
- visiting or moving to England
- NHS online services
During the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, this is the place to find and book a coronavirus vaccination (if you are eligible) and how to get tested for coronavirus.
Page last reviewed: 13 September 2022