Keeping Fit on the web
Making an appointment to see your GP and then going to see him or her can be a bit of a bore, and unless you are very special the days when your family doctor came to see you are long gone.
But there is a lot of information on the web which may answer some of your questions, or at least give you something to talk about when you do get to see your doctor.
Some sites of general interest:
http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/homepage.aspx a new NHS site with advice on how to stay healthy and how to select the hospital you want for specific treatment.
http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/ gives e-health information services, including answers to common health questions, a health encyclopedia, and a self help guide for treating common health problems
http://www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/ this is a service in England and Wales which allows you to choose your hospital and book and appointment with a specialist
www.keepthedoctoraway.co.uk is a site about getting and keeping fit
www.myheartlog.org is an online social network for anyone who has had or may have physical heart problems
www.ahrq.gov/ppip/adguide A US site, giving a ‘pocket guide to good health’
www.drfoster.co.uk (see ‘Information for the Public’) gives information on health services in your area including details of waiting lists and doctor who may be treating you.
www.patientopinion.org.uk gives feed-back on aspects of service in acute care hospitals in UK
www.shopsdirect.com/sdn/money_finance/insurance/health_insurance : health insurance advice
www.nutricentre.com a leading centre of complementary medicine: shop at the Dispensary
NEW www.healthcalloptical.co.uk : eye tests at home: if it is difficult for you to get to your local optician, Healthcall will come to you.
NEW http://www.actionforageing.com/about/ a site which encourages you to be proactive in promoting the health and safety of older people.