Health information service launches

A new health information service has been launched in Scotland.

NHS Inform will provide the public, patients and carers with a wide range of information online, over the telephone and, in the future, face to face.

The first phase of the £550,000 service was officially opened on Tuesday by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

It will be run by NHS 24 and is intended to complement that service.

The website will bring together national and local health information that already exists across the NHS and other sectors.

At launch, the site will feature an updated and expanded health directory, commonly asked questions and links to local information across Scotland.

It will also offer dedicated information on health and welfare topics, health features and a portal to translated information about health and health services in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon said: "It will allow people to access trusted information where they need it, when they need it and how they need it."

Ms Sturgeon was also due to chair NHS 24's annual review, which included an opportunity for members of the public attending the review to ask questions.

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