Online service for NHS group gets a major revamp

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A NEW and improved website has been launched by the body responsible for the planning and choosing of NHS services across the county.

The Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) hopes that its re-designed facility will make it easier for residents to find out more about its work.

It buys the majority of hospital-based and community health services, such as those provided by health visitors and district nurses, and it has a budget of £410million to plan healthcare and other health-related provisions for the 322,000 residents of Northumberland.

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer for NHS Northumberland CCG, said he is pleased that the group has a new presence on the web.

He added: “We became a new legal body on April 1 this year and this newly re-designed website will provide visitors viewing it with a much better online experience.

“We had a lot of feedback from our partners, local patients and people living within our community about how difficult it was to find information on our old site, so re-designing it was a priority for us.

“The new site was tested by members of Healthwatch and other members of the public and we now hope it will be one of the many tools we use to engage with local people, helping us to make improvements in healthcare and health services locally.

“We will be inviting visitors to evaluate the new site after a couple of months as this feedback will be important to help us to continue to improve and develop the facility.”

The new website can be viewed at www.northumb