Our rules – Using NHS Choices Talk

These rules have been written to help keep contributions honest, constructive, relevant and civil. Following these rules will legally protect both you (the author) and NHS Choices (the publisher).

Posts or comments should be about the article, any comments which are ‘off topic’ will be removed.

How it works
All posts are read and must comply with our rules. Moderation is undertaken by a moderation company which is independent of NHS Choices. Every comment is judged individually.

If you supply your e-mail details we will only use this information to contact you about your post if necessary. The NHS complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act.

Identifying other people: You cannot name other people without their permission. You can state your relationship (‘my wife’,‘my father’) to the person.

Defamatory comments
A defamatory comment is one that is capable of damaging the reputation of an individual or organisation. If successfully sued you could be liable for damages and costs.

Naming individuals
NHS Choices does not allow people to name individuals in their posts. This extends to being able to identify someone by writing personal or professional details about them.

Naming businesses
Defamation laws also apply to businesses. We reserve the right to edit out the names of businesses.

Contempt of court
Posting any content that risks prejudicing current or forthcoming prosecution or court proceedings (including General Medical Council cases) or which might breach court reporting restrictions, will be removed without exception.

Under 16s
NHS Choices Talk is for use by over 16s only.

Do not cut and paste copyrighted material from external websites or documents. Posts we believe may be breaching third party copyright or infringing trade marks will be removed.

Be Civil
Do not write posts that are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually suggestive, racist, homophobic, sexist or that incite hatred against any group.

Abusive language
No post with swearing or profanity will be published.

Posts in Capital Letters
Posts posted in capital letters are considered to be shouting and will be moderated.

Comments that incite crime
Do not incite people to commit any crime or encourage other illegal activity.

Spamming/multiple posting/flooding
Multiple or repetitive postings will be deleted.

Personal information
Do not publish any personal information in your posting. It is not acceptable to publicise your contact details or anyone else's, including address, place of employment, name of educational establishment, telephone or mobile number, e-mail address, and so on.

Advertising and commercial activity
NHS Choices does not permit advertising or other commercial promotion. Posts of this nature will be removed without exception. This includes requests for charitable donations and/or promotion of charitable events. URLs will be rejected unless strictly relevant.

English language
NHS Choices requires all postings to be in English. Any posts containing foreign language will be removed.

Nicknames and impersonation
Impersonating someone is unacceptable as is using offensive nicknames. Please do not be offended if you are asked to verify who you are if you claim to be someone well-known.

Medical advice
All information on this site is of a general nature and is furnished for your knowledge and understanding only. This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice pertaining to your specific health and medical condition.

Medical products
Specific medical/pharmaceutical products may only be mentioned in an appropriate context. We reserve the right to delete the product name. No advice on the use or misuse of medicines will be permitted on NHS Talk.

Criminal or immoral views
Posts advocating criminal or immoral activities such as: the usage of recreational drugs, prostitution, pimping, fraud, stalking, extortion, terrorism, hoaxes, hacking and theft will not be allowed.

NHS Complaints
If you wish to make an official complaint or require a formal response you should follow the NHS complaints procedure not NHS Choices Talk, NHS Choices Talk cannot provide you with any answers or act as a go-between.

Bad Moral Example
Posts that glamorise smoking, alcohol or drug use will not be allowed. Nor will comments relating to gaming or gambling.

Your rights
Your post can be posted on the website and read by anyone, as such, you give up all rights as to how your comment is used. Any post you submit to NHS Choices Talk, talk.nhs.uk is subject to your agreement with the site’s terms and conditions. Please read them carefully. If you do not wish to grant such rights to the NHS, do not submit your contribution to this site.

Action which may be taken
Breach of any of the rules above may lead to your post being moderated and the moderation company issuing an order to block correspondence from your account. Further, NHS Choices reserves the right to delete any post, at any time, for any reason, and is under no obligation to publish any post submitted.

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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