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Your spotlight on local services

Directories and Ratings

It can be quite confusing navigating your way through the health and social care system. The following websites provide useful information and ratings to help you make an informed decision when deciding which providers to access.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC check whether the following services are meeting national standards:

  • Hospitals
  • Care homes
  • GPs
  • Dentists
  • Services in your home
  • Ambulances
  • Community Services
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Education disability services
  • Homecare agencies
  • Hospices
  • Mental health
  • Nursing homes
  • Phone/online advice
  • Prison Healthcare
  • Residential homes

The CQC check services against five national standards:

  • Treating people with respect and involving them in their care.
  • Providing care, treatment and support that meets people’s needs.
  • Caring for people safely and protecting them from harm.
  • Staffing
  • Quality and suitability of management

You can search for results of CQC checks on their website here.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices allows you to search for your local GP, dentist, pharmacy or social care (see link at bottom of page). On the website you can review information and statistics on hospitals, consultants and surgical procedures.


This section of the website allows you to search for reviews left by patients of their GP. There are also results of the 2013 National Patient Survey.


You can search for any hospital here and find out:

  • NHS Choices user rating
  • Care Quality Commission national standards
  • Recommended by staff
  • Responding to patient safety alerts
  • Mortality rate


Search for a Consultant telling you where they work and their speciality. Click here for further information on Consultants, for a limited range of specialities, including their results for operations and treatments.

Surgical Procedures

Details specific to each procedure are listed here and some or all of the following:

  • Key Facts
  • Wait times for procedure
  • Audit and accreditation
  • Global rating scale
  • Cleanliness and infection
  • Safety
  • Complaints
  • Facilities


For each department you can find out the following information here:

  • Key Facts
  • Cleanliness and infection
  • Safety
  • Complaints
  • Facilities

Find Me Good Care

This website provides you with information to help you choose care services whether you are looking for care and support options because of a crisis; planning future care or changing care.

Find and choose the right services