Using the internet to research health matters
It is very easy to obtain information about illnesses and diseases on the internet, but you should use it with caution. Many web sites are international and mention some services and treatments that are just not available in the UK, and others are sponsored by the companies who market treatments (beware of sites that advertise products).
If you enter the name of a medical condition into a search engine you are likely to get thousands of results. Often people describe illnesses at their worst, and forget to mention that there is a less serious form of any condition. It is much better to start at a reputable site and use them to direct you to information.
We would recommend you try the following sites:
Previously known as patient.co.uk this is full of printable information leaflets, ordered alphabetically, on most medical conditions and self-help groups. During consultations, our doctors may print information from this site for you. The web site is sponsored by the NHS and the Royal College of GPs and all information has been reviewed by independent doctors.
Like the NHS Direct site, the NHS Choices website contains useful information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services, advice on self-care, health news and healthy living.
You can find high-quality information on more than 800 health conditions and treatments - search by A-Z or body map
This website is very easy to use and offers safe advice. It takes no risks and offers a balanced view of many common medical conditions.