NHS Direct merges with NHS Choices

A website allowing users to rate practices and their services but not named GPs is joining forces with NHS Direct to become the 'NHS front door' to communicate with patients.

Credit: Jason Lancy

Patients looking for information about the choices available for their healthcare will now be able to find it all on one NHS website.

NHS Choices and NHS Direct, two of England’s leading health websites, are joining forces to provide the public with all the health information they need in one place.

It is now all available online at NHS Choices.

NHS Choices was launched in June 2007 as the NHS’s online presence to provide patients, carers and the public with accurate and up-to-date health information.

The initial 18-month contract to establish and run the NHS Choices service was won by Dr Foster Intelligence.

This week the DoH signed a contract with the Capita Group, the UK’s leading outsourcing company, to drive forward the NHS Choices service for the next three years.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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