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Online health 'information hub' launched for patients in London

MyHealth-London will offer a GP comparison service as well as educational resources

Patient information website MyHealth London

The NHS has launched a new online information service for patients in London that gives them access for the first time to a range of information about their doctors.

MyHealth-London's resources will include features and videos created by patient groups and GPs and the site aims to function as a kind of online newspaper focusing on health issues for Londoners.

The new site will give each GP practice in London its own webpage which can be customised to showcase their work and keep the public informed of clinics and services, as well as enabling patients to provide feedback.

It also acts as a doctor comparison website, bringing together a set of standards for GP practices that represent the minimum patients should expect.

These will allow patients in the capital to find out how their practice performs against standards for childhood immunisations and cervical screening as well as how they compare with other GP practices in London.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Few decisions are as critical as those affecting our health and that of our family and friends. To make informed decisions, it is of paramount importance that we are armed with sensible information.

“I welcome efforts by GPs in the capital to improve dialogue with their patients - freeing up data, as we have done in other areas already, will enable Londoners to properly consider the options available and what works best for them.”

MyHealth-London (@myhealthlondon on Twitter) is a partnership between the Greater London Authority and NHS London and its first set of London standards has been developed by NHS London with London-wide local medical committees.

Sylvia Debreczeny, of the Churchill Medical Centre Patient Participation Group, said: “MyHealth-London puts patients at the centre of primary care by giving them access to local data and the opportunity to get involved in patient groups and surveys, so they can ensure their particular needs and priorities are met by their local healthcare service.

“Giving patients a voice can drive more open, locally focussed and constructive dialogue between patients and professionals. Londoners will have a voice on health issues.”

Patient groups can also get involved by providing information about support groups and services and some may be given site editing permissions by GP practices to ensure information is kept up to date and relevant for the needs of the community.

14th December 2011

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