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Useful Websites

Professional Sites (Royal Colleges etc)

The following free sites require online registration and presentation of GMC number

Provides various useful services, including access to NICE clinical guidelines, the full version of the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and a recent publication alerting

Includes a searchable slide library, online lectures and video and audio clips

Supplies access to a wide range of databases, including BioethicLine and the complementary and alternative medicine database. Full version of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine available online.

Offers PGEA-accredited training courses free of charge to registered GPs, full-text reference resources to e.g. the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, and access to databases and key policy documents of particular interest to GPs

Medical and Health Information

Internet Medic
An excellent tutorial on how to search for medical information efficiently and effectively

The Online Netskills Interactive Course: an easy-to-understand, structured overview of networking and the Internet

Health Information Resources portal
includes clinical guidelines, National Service Frameworks, interactive anatomy database and much more…

Department of Health

Offers access to a wide variety of Department of Health research, Health Service Circulars and Letters, statistical reports etc.

An information gateway to selected evaluated health sites

Quality health information for consumers and professionals

World Health Organization

Evidence Based Healthcare

Map of Medicine

Including the Cochrane database of systematic reviews

Effective Healthcare
A bi-monthly bulletin for decision makers which examines the effectiveness of a variety of health care interventions

NHS Evidence

Offers a single search engine for medical and healthcare sites autheticated by NICE

NHS National Institute for Clinical Excellence

Social Care Online

Bibliographic Databases

Health Information Resources portal (Medline, CINAHL, etc)
Medline (PubMed)
JRULM databases (Available to University Staff and Students)

Patient information sites


The Electronic Quality Information for the Public site is an NHS gateway to quality health and social care information, originally established for the West Midlands public.

Healthy Books

A searchable database aimed at parents looking for advisory books for possible childhood conditions.  As compiled by Librarians in Bath, UK.

Patient Advice and Liaison Services

Provides access to the national service, and also details local service elements.

Lab tests online

Lab Tests Online UK has been designed to help the patient, to understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis and treatment, where visitors can search for conditions and diseases and find how laboratory tests can help in diagnosing and managing them.

Patient Information Forum

The Pateint information Forum is an independent group united by a common purpose, the development, production, and dissemination of high-quality information for patients, carers, and their families.

A health information site often used within GP practices directly with the patient for informative purposes.

Surgery Door

Surgery Door is owned and run by Intuition Communication Ltd. It is a commercial site, funded by the revenues generated from advertising and enquiries for healthcare services.

NHS bodymap

An interactive map of the body to assist patients in navigating through to potential conditions and treatment suggestions.

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