Frequently Asked Questions

What is NHS Talk?

NHS Talk is a group of blogs published on the NHS Choices website that bring people living and working with long term conditions together to write about their experiences and opinions.

What are our current blogs and what will we offer in the future?

NHS Talk has long term condition blogs running for Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthama, Heart conditions and also for a new blog about pregnancy. Over the next few months we will be expanding to cover Prostate Cancer, Kidney disease, Bowel cancer and Lung diseases as well as developing new projects for people seeking health advice.

Who are our bloggers and how do we find them

Our bloggers come from all walks of life and come to us through partner organisations like Arthritis Care or through NHS initiatives such as DAFNE and DESMOND. They are people who have lived with a condition, care for someone with a condition or work in that area. They bring to NHS Talk their own distinct take on conditions, life and NHS institutions and programmes. You can find out more about each of them by clicking on a name and viewing their profile.

Writing comments

If you want to leave a comment on our blogs you will need to create an NHS Choices account. Comments are subject to our Terms and conditions and house rules. We check all comments to ensure that they abide by our moderation policy. If you are concern that any comments on blog posts are in breach of our rules you can alert us using the ‘alert’ link on a posting- or, if you are not logged in, email us at

Questions and getting help

If you have any questions about or are in need of help with any aspect of the service you can contact us on

What are tags and how do they work?

‘Tags’ are categories creates by authors and NHS Choices members and added to posts to aid readers in finding subjects of interest. Tags used more often are shown larger than less frequently used tags.

How blog post ratings work

Logged in users are able to rate posts by moving their mouse over the star display in the header. The stars displayed represent the average rating given by all those who have rated the post.

About NHS Choices communities

NHS Choices communities are where people come to talk about how they manage their medical condition or help someone else to cope. That includes mums-to-be taking you through their pregnancy and weight-loss bloggers revealing how they're trying to shed a few pounds.

We've got over 20 forums and blogs for you to chat and share information. If you want to be a blogger, fill in our brief registration form and join in! To comment on existing blog posts you just need to register for an NHS Choices account.

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