NHS: Internet

Health written question – answered on 26th March 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pages of content are available on the NHS Direct website; what the cost of operating the NHS Direct website was in 2007; and how many unique visitors to the NHS Direct 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

The NHS Direct website contains 14,567 unique pages of content. Additionally there are six health tools, 42 self-help guides, and 12 videos.

The total cost of the team of dedicated content authors and editors that work on the NHS Direct website was £212,000 in 2007.

The total number of unique visitors to the NHS Direct website for each month between June 2007 and February 2008 is shown in the following table.

Number of unique visitors
June 2007 1,426,991
July 2007 1,528,356
August 2007 1,947,373
September 2007 1,929,542
October 2007 2,324,815
November 2007 2,390,630
December 2007 2,174,692
January 2008 2,905,369
February 2008 2,654,651

Over the next year NHS Direct will be working with colleagues at NHS Choices to provide a more integrated health information service for the public. The aim is to not only make online delivery more efficient and effective for government, but also, more importantly, improve the public's experience of health service provision via the internet, phone or television.

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