>> NHS Direct
One of the very first sites I featured on Website of the Day was this companion site to the NHS’ 24-hour telephone helpline.
In recent years NHS Direct has faced competition from some newer health portals, but a recent facelift and redesign have helped cement its position as one of the most comprehensive and easiest-to-use of all health sites.
There’s a searchable directory of local health services (including GPs, dentists and opticians) and a health encyclopaedia which explains even the most complex conditions in plain English.
The cornerstone of the site remains a self-help guide that uses a clickable interactive body map and a serried of flow charts to help you work out whether you should put your feet up, or dial 999.