During January 2014 all households will be sent a leaflet with information about this initiative. It explains that there will be an extraction of patient data to care.data . You are free to opt out of this scheme by filling out a form in reception which tells the surgery that you wish to do so and your record will be marked accordingly.
We have no choice in taking up this scheme and have a duty to advertise this to patients. But you have a choice to opt out.
For further information please visit www.nhs.uk/caredata .
Or call the Patient advice line on 0300 456 3531 .
Where do I go for clinical or disease information?
Information is researched from the British Medical Journal and displyed in an easy to understand format.
Designed by GPs and EMIS and is a useful source of Patient information Leaflets amongst other things.
Information on Healthier Living
BBC - Healthy Living
Simple, accurate advice from the BBC. Helps you to establish the dos & donts of living healthily.
Fast, free independent information from the Men"s Health Forum.
Women’s Health Concern
Women"s Health Concern is a charitable organisation which aims to help educate and support women with their healthcare by providing unbiased, accurate information.
The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care for All’ which was published on the 60th anniversary of the NHS and set out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for patients in England
Aiming to personalise healthcare and provide information that will ‘allow patients to make meaningful choices about when and where to receive their treatment.’
Charity Websites - Here are a few useful health related websites of the many that are available.
Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process
Europe's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.
largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition
This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it
Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Please take the time to watch this video: How to get involved (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed)
Tips on evaluating the reliability of online medical information
- Use sites from reputable organisations you have heard of.
- Double check the information by looking for other sources.
- Check there are contact details for any organisation or people responsible for the information not just an email address.
- Look at the advertising - does it seem to unduly influence the site content?
- All articles should quote references that you can look up.
- Watch out for claims about the superiority of any particular treatment over another
- Is this information supplied with a date to make sure it has not been superseded by other research.
- Check the sites confidentiality policy.
- Beware of sites claiming to be the definitive source.
- Beware of sites that criticise others.