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