NHS: Internet

Health written question – answered on 25th March 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the purpose of the NHS Choices website is; how many pages of content are currently available on the NHS Choices website; and how many unique visitors to the NHS Choices website there were in each month between June 2007 and February 2008.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

NHS Choices is the national health service's online service for the public—the digital wing of the NHS. It is a response to the 21st century challenges of achieving better health and delivering high quality personalised services for all, amid ever-increasing demands on a resource-constrained NHS.

As the online service for all communication with citizens on health, it has been designed specifically with the consumer in mind. The information on NHS Choices is all NHS accredited and written in plain English. It is accompanied by videos, user comments and a growing range of interactive tools which allow users to test and monitor their health and well-being. The information held on NHS Choices is designed so that general practitioners and others can print it off for people who don't have internet access.

There are in the region of 100,000 pages of content available on NHS Choices.

The total unique visitors to the NHS Choices website by month are as follows:

June 2007 (1)
July 2007 778,124
August 2007 811,947
September 2007 728,415
October 2007 885,071
November 2007 898,502
December 2007 653,236
January 2008 1,037,423
February 2008 1,090,331
(1) Not complete—service went live mid-June 2007.

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