Choice in the NHS

Your guide to making the health service work for you

Your choices

Simple tips to help you use the NHS more effectively, from choosing a GP to getting a second opinion to picking the right hospital.

NHS rights and pledges

The NHS constitution details what you can and should expect when using the NHS.


Life choices

Learn how simple lifestyle changes can make you and your family healthier, fitter and happier.

Treatment choice

Many health conditions can be treated in different ways. Know your options and then choose what's right for you.

Tools to help you choose

NHS Choices is full of tools and resources to help you make informed decisions about your health.

Choose and Book

Book your hospital appointment online or by phone, once you have been referred by your GP.

The NHS Constitution

The Constitution sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve

The Choice Framework 2013

The Choice Framework explains when you have a legal right to choice about treatment and care in the NHS. The legal right to choice doesn't apply to all healthcare services, however, where you do not have a legal right to choice you should at least be offered some choices, depending on what’s available locally.