New NHS website tells patients about GPs

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Lewisham patients can now access GP information through a new website launched by the NHS.

myhealth.london.nhs.uk allows patients to find out about screening rates, childhood immunisation, and satisfaction levels. They can also leave feedback and provide information on support groups in the area.

The site also allows patients to compare their GP with others in London.

Helen Tattsersfield, a GP at Oakview Family Practice in Lewisham and Chair of the Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Committee, said: “This project allows us to specifically address the needs affecting our communities, as well as see how other GPs who face similar or different challenges tackle these.

“This is about making information accessible to our patients so we can interact with them in a positive way, and continue to create real improvement.”

myhealthlondon has been developed with Local Medical Committees and partners with the Greater London Authority. The overall aim is to make the general practice more transparent for patients.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “To make informed decisions, it is of paramount importance that we are armed with sensible information.

“I welcome efforts by GPs in the capital to improve dialogue with their patients … [this] will enable Londoners to properly consider the options available and what works best for them.”

Dame Ruth Carnall, Chief Executive at NHS London, said: “By making this data available in an easy to access format, we hope patients will be able to get information that is both important and relevant to them.

“This information is a useful tool for the public to find out about services and contribute to discussions about how these can be improved.”

 

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