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Residents in three counties and ten London boroughs will be able to make hospital appointments at their local libra...
Residents in three counties and ten London boroughs will be able to make hospital appointments at their local library.

The Department of Health today announced the initiative which will see librarians trained to help support people choose and book appointments online.

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt said:

'Patients needing a hospital appointment should have the right to pick and choose their time, date and place. To make this happen, we need to invest in facilities to help patients take control. Using public libraries and the internet is an ideal way to support patients, families and carers with information.

'Patients will soon be able to choose, with the click of a button, where they want to have their treatment.'

And a website NHS Choices, to be launched this summer, will allow the public to search comprehensive directories on care homes and comment on their hospital.

Library pilots

Newham LBC (Canning Town; The Gate; Plaistow)

Bromley LBC (Orpington; Chislehurst; West


Hackney LBC (Shoreditch; Stamford Hill; Hackney


Southwark LBC (Dulwich; Peckham; Rotherhithe

Haringey LBC (Wood Green Central Library; Marcus

Garvey Library; St Ann's Library)

Waltham Forest LBC (Walthamstow; Leytonstone;


Greenwich LBC (Plumstead; East Greenwich; Eltham)

Derbyshire CC (Bolsover; Bakewell; Hayfield plus

mobile libraries with broadband enabled by satellite)

Gloucestershire CC (Coleford, Forest Of Dean; Dursley; Tewkesbury.

Suffolk CC (Bury St Edmunds; Clare; Haverhill)

Meanwhile, six new health centres, two new community hospitals and eight refurbished community hospitals will open in towns and cities as part of a drive to provide NHS patients with more minor operations, medical tests and follow-up care outside of large hospitals.

Details here

Children & adult services

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