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What is RSS?

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, lets you choose to receive content from a number of websites and read it in one place.

RSS feeds alert you when new material is posted on the websites that offer them. This saves you time as you do not have to then check sites individually. Many websites, including NHS Choices, offer RSS feeds.


How do I read an RSS feed?

You need a tool known as an RSS feed reader, or news reader. There are several versions – some need to be downloaded to your computer, others are web-based.

Downloadable or web-based feed readers include:
FeedReader, NewsGator, My Yahoo!, and Google Reader.

The RSS symbol (as shown above) lets you know that a feed is available on NHS Choices. 


Using NHS Choices RSS feeds on your site

If you run your own website or blog, you can use RSS feeds to display the latest headlines from NHS Choices on your site.

We encourage the use of NHS Choices RSS feeds in this way; however, we do require that the proper format and attribution is used when NHS Choices content appears. The attribution text should read ‘NHS Choices’ or ‘From NHS Choices’, as appropriate, and be linked back to

If you're interested in syndicating full content from our site then we provide a suite of web services that can be used subject to a contractual agreement.


Available RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are also available for comments made about individual hospitals and GP practices on NHS Choices. The feeds can be found on each hospital's and GP practice's page. 


Last reviewed: 16/03/2010

Next review due: 15/05/2010

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