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NHS Choices web services

NHS Choices web services allow you to make NHS Choices content available through XML feeds on your website, intranet, widget or application. This means you'll always have up-to-date, trusted NHS content available for your users. The following content is available.

  • Health A-Z: provides information and advice on more than 800 conditions and treatments.
  • Live Well: a lifestyle section that provides tips on how to live a healthier life, with detailed information on more than 90 subjects.
  • Find and choose services: a search facility that allows you to find a local NHS provider based on postcode, address or organisation. Find and choose services returns information including geocodes and address details, as well as distance from origin.
  • Behind the Headlines: provides an unbiased and evidence-based daily analysis of the science behind health stories that make the news.
  • Common health questions: answers to topical and frequently asked health questions.
  • Tools: more than 40 interactive tools including symptom checkers, quizzes, calculators and information features.
  • Video: more than 400 videos.
  • RSS content is also available.



Please use either the corporate or personal form to register to use NHS Choices web services. Use is subject to a contractual agreement (Service Level Agreement) or license.

Please provide as much detail as you can in your application. All fields are mandatory. List any websites the content will appear on and if you are a limited company provide us with the company registration number.

We will review your proposal and get back to you as soon as we can. Please note that your application will be subject to a quality and strategic assessment to ensure it adheres to NHS Choices policy.



NHS Choices content must be credited and accompanied by the “Content supplied by NHS Choices” logo (see below) on every page where content is shown. You should link this logo to the source page where content has come from.


 <a href=””><img src=”” alt=”Content Supplied by NHS Choices” /></a>


Technical overview

The web services currently provided accept Representational State Transfer (REST) http requests, and responses are returned in XML. Web services may only be used by approved partners who have been issued with a username and password. Any content cached on the client side must be refreshed on a weekly basis (minimum).

Full documentation will be provided upon successful application.

For further information or queries regarding implementation, please phone Matt George on 020 7972 1538 or email



Last reviewed: 26/01/2010

Next review due: 25/01/2012

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