Health & medicine

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Key links

  • Oxford Reference Online [24/7] - Reference material for medicine

  • Health Information in Westminster Libraries - Find out what's available in the Westminster Libraries Health Information collections.​

  • NHS Choices - The NHS choices site includes information about the NHS and the 24 hour advice line staffed by nurses, a search box for local services such as doctors and dentists, and a health encyclopedia explaining key medical concepts. This site includes the NHS Direct facility: aimed at helping you to find out what your symptoms may indicate.​

  • British Medical Journal - Features a searchable archive of research articles from 1840 to the current year (upon registration) and BMJ Careers for job advertisements and educational opportunities.​

  • Medline - Long-established database of medical articles and reports from a huge range of international journals. Offers tutorials on how to get the best results​.​

  • Boots WebMD - Wide-ranging collection of articles on medical conditions, healthy living and health-related news.​


Conditions and treatment

  • NetDoctor - Comprehensive collection of health resources, including clear and simple guides to conditions, medicines, and common procedures and examinations.​

  • Patient UK - Medical information resource designed for patients. All the links are to UK sites.​ Includes details of patient support groups.

  • Contact a Family - A-Z of specific conditions and rare syndromes giving details of support groups. The emphasis is on conditions affecting children.​

  • Merck manual - Popular edition of the long-established guide to medical conditions, detailing signs and symptoms, prognosis, and non-surgical treatments.​

  • Embarrassing Problems - "Straight talking, good advice" - on a variety of hard-to-talk-about medical conditions.


Health services


Drugs and medicines

  • British National Formulary - (requires free registration) - The official guide to prescription drugs available to doctors in the UK.​

  • electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) - Database maintained by the pharmaceutical industry, giving access to Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs) and Patient Information Leaflets (PILs), covering areas such as dose, indications, contra-indications, side-effects and pharmacological properties.​

  • Vaccine information from the NHS - All you need to know about vaccinations from children, to teenagers, to adults and travel vaccines.


Alternative therapies



  • Disabled Living Foundation - News, information and links on all matters related to disability, with special emphasis on adaptive equipment to assist with disability.


Mental health


Child and adolescent health

  • KidsHealth - Extensive resource about childhood health from prenatal to adolescence, provided by medical experts at the American Nemours Foundation, specialising in child health.


Women's health

  • Women's Health Information - A guide to women's health issues compiled by an obstetrician, particularly relating to pregnancy and childbirth.


Men's health

  • MaleHealth - News, information and advice about men's health and lifestyles


Older people's health

  • Saga Health - Health information from the company specialising in services for older people.​

  • Care Homes Guide - Guide to 18,000 care homes nationwide with a variety of search options.

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