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Single website in the UK to provide health info

Posted Mar 16 2009 3:38pm

London: Two of the UK's leading health websites—NHS Choices and NHS Direct—are collaborating to provide the public with all the health information they need at one place.

The single National Health Service (NHS) website would help those patients who are looking for information on the choices available for their healthcare, reports ePractice.

The site will offer trusted advice and information so that the public can understand and exercise their choice on health and healthcare.

"This move means the NHS will have one of the most comprehensive online health information services in the world," according to the Department of Health in the UK.

Stating that health is one of the most searched for subjects on the Internet, the department said that it was crucial the NHS provided safe and accurate online information to meet this demand by creating a single front door to all its knowledge and services.

It would offer self-help guides, comparative information on hospitals, guides to long-term conditions, practice profiles to help find general practioners (GPs) and much more.

"This single site will make it easier for the public to find reliable health information quickly and will give relevant and accurate advice that will help them to make their own decisions and choices about their health and healthcare," Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said.
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