Central role for NHS Choices3rd July 2008
The NHS Choices website is set to play a central role under health minister Lord Darziâ€™s plans for reforming the health service in England.
The online service will be used to deliver a much wider range of information about primary and community care services and allow patients to express views on their treatment and the quality of their experience.
The aim is to drive improvements and allow patients to make â€śinformed choiceâ€ť about selecting their GP or hospital service.
The new-look website, which is currently the subject of an ÂŁ80m procurement exercise, will also carry data on cleanliness and infection rates, along with comparative information about services offered by GPs and opening times.
The document, High Quality Care for All: The NHS Next Stage Review, says the NHS Choices website currently provides a variety of â€ślimited quality informationâ€ť but sees the site being expanded to offer "easy-to-understand, service-specific, comparable information" about every NHS organisation.
NHS Choices will also be developed to enable patients to register electronically with a GP practice and could become the gateway to HealthSpace online where patients will be able to access their own health records.
A patientâ€™s right to access their health records and to see the information held about them has been clarified under the outline of the new NHS Constitution.
With 74% of UK homes are expected to have broadband internet access by 2012, the site will mean people will be able to â€śquickly and conveniently find information about treatment and diseases in a way that was previously impossible.â€ť
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Title: Central role for NHS Choices
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7369
Date Added: 3rd Jul 2008