HEALTH: Using the internet

How can the internet help you stay healthy? We are increasingly using the internet to help diagnose and treat health problems. The website recently produced a short and extremely useful guide to using online tools to help take greater control of your own health and care:

How can the internet help you stay healthy?

There are a number of ways that the internet can help support your health and wellbeing.

If you have an existing condition you would like to know more about, have some symptoms you are concerned about, or would like to book an appointment online, here are some resources that can help you do just that.

1. Stay healthy
The NHS Choices website provides comprehensive health information to help you make the best choices about your health and lifestyle. The Learn My Way ‘Staying healthy with NHS Choices’ online course will show you how you can make the most of this website.

The Learn My Way ‘Being healthy’ pages have links to a range of digital resources to help you do anything from finding cancer support, to advice on looking after your mental health.

2. Check your symptoms
If you are feeling a bit unwell, or have some something you are concerned about, the NHS symptoms checker allows you to check your symptoms and get advice.

3. Find services
Sometimes there is no substitute for seeing a health professional in person. The service search on NHS Choices is a great way to find, choose and compare health, support and social care services in England.

4. Book appointments
Most GPs will have a website and offer some services, such as booking appointments online. You can find out more about online GP services with the Learn My Way online course.

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