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Health Information Week 2019

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01 July 2019

This year for Health Information Week (1 to 7 July) we’re working with Colchester Hospital Library to promote good quality health information.


When we or someone we know feels unwell, or is given a diagnosis, most of us just Google it, but a lot of information out there can be scary, misleading or wrong.


On Tuesday 2 July, expert staff from Colchester Hospital Library will be in Colchester Library between 10am and 4pm to advise where to go for reliable health information. Drop in to find out about online and print resources for specific conditions, or health and well-being issues.

If you can’t get to Colchester Library you can find links to some reliable information on our website, so stop using Dr Google and search these trusted websites instead:


healthtalk.org – Find information and support for a range of health issues from seeing and hearing people’s real life stories. Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like to have a health condition such as breast cancer or arthritis.


NHS – This site is committed to providing trustworthy information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare. Content is evidence-based and includes the best scientific knowledge available.


Patient – an independent UK source of trusted health information. The editorial panel are all doctors. Search for information, browse the A-Z or use the symptom checker. It also contains discussion forums and a Medicines A-Z.