NHS Choices weekly website report – week 32

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Did you know wine could possibly help with the symptoms of flu?


This week’s NHS Choices weekly report covers the period August 7 – 13 2017, which saw 9.72 million visits to the site. This was a 1.12% decrease on the previous week and a 5.02% decrease compared with the same period last year. There were 7.15 million unique visitors.

Visits to Treatments & Conditions saw the biggest increase this week, going up by 0.34%. The NHS in England saw the biggest fall, with a 0.17% decrease from last week.

Within Treatments and Conditions, there are a number of guides providing in-depth information on topics such as pregnancy and baby, contraception, vaccinations, stress, anxiety and depression, and care and support. Guides accounted for 9.92% of all site visits in week 32.

NHS Choices visits 2016 vs 2017

Top 10 site area visits

Norovirus: Norovirus was in the news as The Telegraph reported on an Australian cruise ship where 91 people were infected with suspected norovirus on the first day of a 10 day cruise around the South Pacific. The outbreak came after two outbreaks in February this year. The news had visits to the Norovirus introduction page up by 190% to 40,874.

Gastroenteritis: In similar news, an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the world athletics championships in London sparked a number of stories such as ITV reporting on Botswana runner Isaac Makwala being banned from his 200m qualifying race. The Express had a feature on the condition which had visits to the Gastroenteritis introduction page up by 19% to 35,644.

Insect Bites: A mother in Indiana claimed to have found a way to cure her daughter’s insect bites by bathing her in her own breast milk. The story in the Daily Mail also mentions how she also makes a homemade lotion using breastmilk, coconut oil and vitamin E. This had the Insect bites treatment page increase visits by 38% to 13,765.

Top 10 search engine referral phrases: ‘Norovirus’ moves into the top 10 after ranking in 126th last week.


Cellulitis: The Sun reports on a woman popping what she thought was a pimple, but was in fact a sign of cellulitis and popping it made the infection spread to other areas of her face. Due to the position, the infection could have spread to her eye and brain, but fortunately only affected other areas of skin. The story saw visits to the Cellulitis introduction page increase by 38% to 13,765.

Phenylketonuria: The family of a seven year old boy with phenylketonuria (PKU) challenged NHS England’s decision not to fund a £100 a day drug. The rare condition stops an amino acid found in protein from being broken down. People with the condition must follow an extremely controlled diet if they don’t have the drug. The court referred the case back to NHS England to review the funding request, according to the BBC story. Visits to the Phenylketonuria introduction page increased by 197% to 3,208 as a result.

Flu: Flu was in the news as the Metro reported on a study indicating red wine, blueberries and black tea could be good for flu symptoms. Scientists looked at plant flavonoids in mice and rats before looking at the gut microbiomes of humans. Findings suggest people can metabolise these flavonoids to boost their immune response and speed up their recovery. A lot more research has to be done to prove it, but the news had visits to the Flu introduction page up by 64% to 4,130.

Top 10 videos: Video views, including those on the NHS Choices YouTube channel, totalled 117,743, a 1.32% in/decrease compared with the previous week. The Pilates video was top with 4,206 views.

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