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Help with linking to NHS Choices

NHS Choices welcomes and encourages other websites to link to it.  If you wish to link to NHS Choices there are three linking options we recommend:

  1. Text links to NHS Choices content
  2. Text links to NHS Choices homepage
  3. NHS Choices logo

To enhance the user experience we recommend options one and two to enable users to understand exactly where they will land and what content they can expect to receive when they get to NHS Choices.

 

1. Text links to NHS Choices content

To offer users a better experience, consider using descriptive anchor text and linking directly to the relevant NHS Choices article page. A list of suggested content areas and anchor text is provided below

 

Suggested link/anchor text                      Link target URL

A-Z of conditions and treatments                http://www.nhs.uk/conditions

Alcohol                                                      http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/alcohol

Cancer                                                       http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer

Carers support                                           http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect

Child health                                                http://www.nhs.uk/planners/birthtofive

Diabetes                                                     http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes

Disability                                                    http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/disability

Drugs                                                         http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/drugs

Healthy diet                                                http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood 

Healthy living                                              http://www.nhs.uk/livewell

Health news                                               http://www.nhs.uk/news

Health questions                                         http://www.nhs.uk/chq

Mental health                                             http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth

Pregnancy                                                  http://www.nhs.uk/planners/pregnancycareplanner

Sexual health                                              http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealthtopics

Skin care                                                    http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/skin

Stop smoking                                              http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking

Vaccinations                                               http://www.nhs.uk/planners/vaccinations

Weight loss                                                 http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight

 

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Source code guidance
You can use the following example source code to create the above links:
<a href=http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120206100416/http://nhs.uk/aboutNHSChoices/aboutnhschoices/Aboutus/Pages/"http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/pregnancycareplanner/Pages/PregnancyHome.aspx" title="NHS Choices: Pregnancy”> NHS Choices: Pregnancy </a>

The title attribute (title ="NHS Choices: Pregnancy") allows this text to be read by speaking browsers and is visible to users when their mouse hovers over the link.   

   

2. Text links to NHS Choices homepage

If you wish to use text to link to the NHS Choices homepage, you should use the following anchor text: NHS Choices: health information.

Suggested link/ anchor text                                  Link target URL

NHS Choices: health information                              http://www.nhs.uk

 

Source code guidance
You can use the following source code for this link:
<a href=http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120206100416/http://nhs.uk/aboutNHSChoices/aboutnhschoices/Aboutus/Pages/"www.nhs.uk" title="Health information from NHS Choices”> NHS Choices: health information</a>

The title attribute (title ="NHS Choices: health information") allows this text to be read by speaking browsers and is visible to users when their mouse hovers over the link.

 

3. NHS Choices logo

If you wish to put a logo link to NHS Choices on your homepage, you can use one of the following graphics as a visual link to NHS Choices.

Please do not reduce the size of these graphics as it will make the text unreadable

 

Source code guidance
The source code for the link should include:
<a href=http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120206100416/http://nhs.uk/aboutNHSChoices/aboutnhschoices/Aboutus/Pages/"http://www.nhs.uk/" ><img src=http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120206100416/http://nhs.uk/aboutNHSChoices/aboutnhschoices/Aboutus/Pages/"file-path/file-name.html" width="" height="" alt="Official NHS health information" /> </a>

Note:
width="[***]" height="[***]": Insert the size of the graphic in pixels; this will help the page load more quickly

src="[file_path/file_name.gif]": Insert the file path and name of the graphics file that you upload to your server.

alt="Link to NHS Choices – Official NHS Choices health information": This text is read out by speaking browsers and is visible to users who have turned off their graphics.

Last reviewed: 23/08/2010

Next review due: 22/08/2012