Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Where to Go for the Best Treatment; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at a New Online Programme That Is Helping Patients in the North East Make Informed Decisions about Their Medical Care

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Where to Go for the Best Treatment; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at a New Online Programme That Is Helping Patients in the North East Make Informed Decisions about Their Medical Care

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Byline: HELEN RAE

THE North East NHS is working with hospitals across the region to help patients understand and compare how each one is doing in the areas people are most concerned about.

These include waiting times in A&E, referral times and cancer treatment times.

This information will be shared every quarter in the media and published on the NHS North East's website so that patients can have access to better information when they come to make a choice about where to go for treatment.

Key performance data will be published in a new user-friendly 'infographic' format to help patients make informed choices about their healthcare and where they would prefer to be treated.

As part of its commitment to improving transparency and in line with pledges outlined in the NHS Constitution, the new infographic is being used for the very first time to help people across the North East understand how their local hospital is performing. Published every quarter at www.north East .

nhs.uk/your-local-nhs the infographic will show how every NHS hospital trust is performing on key aspects of care.

The publication of the infographic by the local NHS is in line with Government priorities to give people high-quality information, greater choice and more control over their own healthcare.

Richard Barker, director of commissioning development at NHS North East, said: "The local NHS performs very well and all NHS staff should be rightly very proud of our longstanding reputation for quality of care and high levels of public satisfaction.

"The North East NHS has a longstanding history of top performance, high levels of patient satisfaction in local services and some of the best-performing hospitals in the country - all of which consistently exceed national performance standards set by the Department of Health. …

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