New figures released by NHS Digital show an estimated 1.2 billion visits to the website during the 12 months between October 2021 and September 2022 – an average of 2,300 views every minute.
They included 131 million visits to the book Covid vaccination page, which you can use to book a Covid jab by entering your NHS number or other details registered with your GP.
The BMI healthy weight calculator was the most viewed non-Covid page, with 22 million visits. The calculator lets you check your body mass index (BMI) and find out if you are a healthy weight.
There were 17 million views of the webpage about the NHS App, 10.6 million views of the page explaining how to find your NHS number, and 9.2 million on applying for an accessible UK Global Health Insurance Card for healthcare coverage abroad.
The page about the flu vaccine, offered yearly through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from the flu, also received 6.5 million views.
10 Most viewed pages about medical conditions after Covid
- High blood pressure (3.8 million)
- Chickenpox (3.8 million)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (3.3 million)
- High temperature in children (3.2 million)
- Diarrhoea and vomiting (3.2 million)
- Tonsillitis (2.8 million)
- Urinary tract infections (2.7 million)
- Rashes in babies and children (2.7 million)
- Sore throat (2.6 million)
- Chest infection (2.6 million)
Robert Cleary, NHS Digital’s content director for the NHS website, said: ‘The NHS website is the UK’s biggest health website, with an average of 23 million visits each week during the past 12 months. Millions of people have used the website for the latest Covid information or to book a vaccination, as well as for advice on topics ranging from high blood pressure to chest infections.’
‘We also make information from the NHS website available to hundreds of other websites and apps as well as on smart speakers, making it as easy as possible for people to access the latest medical advice.’
The NHS website includes over 4,000 pages and provides information about 990 medical conditions and other health services, including finding a GP, dentist or pharmacy and a pregnancy due date calculator.
Each month, millions of people also access advice from the NHS website using other websites, apps and internet-connected devices through a free syndication programme. The initiative allows content from the NHS website to be accessed directly so that it remains updated if any changes are made.
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