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NHS 24 online

June 08, 2006 4:32 PM

A new NHS Self-Help Guide and Health Encyclopaedia resource is now available from NHS 24 and can be accessed through the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.

The Self-Help Guide and Health Encyclopaedia can be accessed from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website at: www.nhsggc.org.uk which offers a direct link to the NHS 24 site and the guide.

The guide itself consists of 5000+ pages and has a series of easy-to-use, interactive sections on conditions such as sore throat, backache, dizziness, vomiting and toothache.Patients reach an outcome suggesting either self-care advice, ring NHS 24 or dial 999.The Health Encyclopaedia covers a range of illnesses, operations, tests and treatments and aims to answer any questions patients many have on any of these conditions.

The aim of the site is to improve patients' understanding of their health conditions through access to information, and provide reassurance about individual wellbeing.By having correct information, it is hoped that patients may also make better-informed decisions and be able to participate as full partners in their healthcare.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde believes by having the link to NHS 24 website, it will help more people find out quickly about any health concerns they may have.It is hoped that people accessing the site will see that NHS 24 is very much a part of their local NHS care and make use of the facility offered.

Director of Public Health Dr Linda de Caestecker said:"This is an important development to provide up to date, accessible information to people about their health. This information will help everyone to participate in decisions about their health care and to take action to maintain their own health, manage symptoms and seek advice as required.

"The majority of minor illnesses are self treated and much chronic disease involves some degree of self-management.There is increasing evidence that involving people in their own care leads to better outcomes and improved satisfaction.The web-site will both support self-care and also assist people to seek advice and professional help easily."

Dr George Crooks, Clinical Director for NHS 24 said: "People in Greater Glasgow and Clyde can access NHS 24's website self help guide and online encyclopedia. These tools can help identify your symptoms and provide information on illnesses, conditions, tests and treatments."

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For more information, contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Cyde press office, tel:0141 201 4429.

Or contact Caroline Weintz, Corporate Affairs Manager (Press) for NHS 24,

mobile: 07796 941 946.

Notes for editors:

You can also access the Self-help Guide and Health Encyclopaedia direct at: www.nhs24.com

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