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Health map helps people self medicate

PUBLISHED: 11:39 17 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 07 September 2010

Sanchez Manning A MEDICINE map to guide patients to the most suitable treatments for illnesses has been launched. The map is part of NHS Westminster s £90,000 drive to provide better healthcare information. It will be available in GPs surgeries, clinics

Sanchez Manning

A MEDICINE map to guide patients to the most suitable treatments for illnesses has been launched.

The map is part of NHS Westminster's £90,000 drive to provide better healthcare information.

It will be available in GPs' surgeries, clinics and hospitals across the borough.

Chief executive Michael Scott said: "Healthcare is becoming more complex

and these new maps will help doctors

and patients by giving them accurate information on the latest treatments and care available.

"With this extra knowledge, patients are given the full picture on their care empowering them to make informed decisions on their treatment.

Through this system, patients can be assured they will get tried and tested information that is reliable."

The first map to be developed is for the chronic lung condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Patients can also look at the national care pathways on the NHS choices website - www.nhs.uk - where more than 350 maps covering the most common conditions ranging from eczema to stroke can be viewed.

Further details about the COPD map

can be found at www.healthguides.mapofmedicine.com.


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