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NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.

You can find information about hospitals, GPs and dentists and urgent care. As well as basic contact details, you can also find feedback from other people about what they think about these services.

It’s not just limited to NHS information. You can also find information about other services in your area (often provided by charities) that can help you with conditions from Alzheimers through to weight loss.
Click on Useful Tools to find some tools supplied by NHS Choices, including one to help you find GPs, Dentists and Pharmacies near you. 

The Care Quality Commission checks all hospitals, dentists, care homes and care services to see if they meet national standards. You can find out what they have to say about these services in your area by visiting their website.
On their web site you can also find a complete Directory of places where care is provided in England.  It includes information about every hospital, care home, dentist and care home agency in England as well as other types of service like ambulances, prison care services and hospices. From April 2013 it will include every GP practice as well. Click here to go to the download page.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence also has a tool which lets you search for care providers in particular locations.

Visit My Life My Care, an advice, information and support directory for adults in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

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