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Wednesday 26th October 2016

NHS Choices website launched

19th June 2007

A new NHS website has been launched with the aim of strengthening patient choice.


Called NHS Choices, the £3.6m website will include a wide range of data for patients such as information on waiting times, hospital ratings and general cleanliness including MRSA rates.

The aim is also for it to help patients choose where they want to be treated when they need non-emergency surgery, following the moves last year which gave patients a choice of where they can go for such treatment.

In the longer term, ministers hope it will lead to more detailed data being published on clinical outcomes. At present, only performance statistics for heart surgeons and procedures are revealed.

The degree of choice patients get is due to be extended in the coming months. At present they can choose from at least four local hospitals and the top-performing foundation trusts for treatment. Shortly, people needing hip and knee operations will be able to choose from any hospital with that extended to all areas of treatment from next April.

The NHS Choices website also offers advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle and gives details on 40 of the more common conditions.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said: “We know patients and the public are thirsty about getting information on health. One of the problems with the internet is that some of the information about health is top quality and some of it is rubbish. What NHS Choices will do is give the public access to the best information about health.?


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Patrick Tran

Sunday 24th June 2007 @ 18:21

Patricia Hewitt's, very rarely, statement is very much agreeable as people who often search for health-related information via the internet can sometimes come across counterfactual material. And to have the MRSA rates revealed to the public will inevitably reduce the risk of future patients catching the bacteria and of course encourage the hospitals to carry out more of the procedures that will reduce their rates of MRSA.

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