'MySpace-type' pages for all practices

Each practice in England will have its own open ‘MySpace-type’ page on the new £3.6 million NHS Choices online service from the end of this month.

Practice managers will be able to edit and update their own web pages.

The site, which launched in June 2007 and is estimated to cost £10 million a year to run, has been criticised because of the inaccuracy of some of the information relating to practices on the site.

The original data was imported directly from the old nhs.uk site and individual practices relied on their PCTs to input information and changes for them onto the NHS site.

In the middle of this month, practices will be sent a template to allow them to begin online editing of their own web pages.

It will provide patients with the most up-to-date details about surgery opening times, access for new patients, available services, appointments and biographies of staff.

Practice managers can also upload their own patient satisfaction surveys. Quality framework details and the national patient survey will be uploaded centrally.

As with MySpace, practices will be able to upload photos and videos onto their own page and will have the opportunity to explain to patients and potential patients, the strengths and aims of their services.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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