Medicalpages.co.uk describes itself as the UK and Ireland portal for private healthcare and is a one-stop shop for health information.
Unusually, the homepage features a whole host of links, such as www.cataract-surgeon.co.uk and www.veins.co.uk, which, for example, explains the causes of varicose veins and treatments available. Contact details are included so you can reach various medical experts to enquire about private consultations.
There are separate entrances for “health professionals”, the “general public” and for “professionals” (it is not entirely clear what the last category refers to). Health professionals can click on the lefthand menu for sites created by medical specialists, website development topics and a doctor search, among other information.
Health Insurance put in a request for knee surgeons in the London area. The site brought up two in London and one in Surrey. It also found a private practice telephone number, address, email and General Medical Council number. Other useful links include a site about professional bodies and hospitals in the public and private sector and insurers.
You can click on a range of providers, including Clinicare, BCWA and Bupa. And the health headlines mean you can avoid trawling through the newspapers. Though not an innovative feature – plenty of other health sites use this technique – it’s a handy tool.
Registration is free. The site says it will give you updates as it is “rapidly expanding”, but it looks like it is running before it can walk. We searched for dietetics and nutrition but after finding nothing on the page, we were offered the chance to click to get to the previous page and find something a little less complicated to browse.