NHS website provides information about strokes and dementia

A NEW online health facility aimed at transforming the way that patients, their carers and healthcare professionals can access and share the latest information on a range of key health and care services is to be rolled out across the South East.

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday (26 March) gave his backing to the Our Health website in the launch of the PM’s Challenge on Dementia.

The website has been developed by the NHS in the South West along with social care partners, voluntary groups and with key input from patients and carers.

NHS South of England will roll out the website across the South by the end of this year.

Our Health will focus initially on dementia and stroke services and will bring together the latest information from a wide range of sources and data not currently available, plus networking facilities so that patients and carers can link up to share and compare information and experiences.

As part of the Government’s drive for greater transparency and open data, the website will improve people’s access to information about public services.

Patients, their friends and families will be able to find out more about a particular health condition (initially stroke and dementia) and will be able to see what treatment and services they can expect at different stages.

Those visiting the website will be able to click on a map to identify relevant services in their local area.

The Prime Minister also announced that Sir Ian Carruthers, OBE, Chief Executive of NHS South of England, will take up a new national role to champion and support the delivery of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.

Sir Ian will co-chair a Champion Group on driving improvements in health and care.

He said: “I am delighted to accept this new role.

Improving services for people with dementia is a top priority for the NHS and social care and this new website gives people another way to access important information about the services available to them and how well they are performing.”