NHS Western Isles has launched a new dedicated webpage, offering a wide range of locally produced health information materials on health conditions and illnesses, as well as a number of its own local NHS services.

Having access to accurate information and treatment options about a health condition or illness is an important part of the patient journey. This can help contribute to the likelihood of a positive patient experience, and instill public confidence, awareness and understanding of a particular health condition.

Patients, carers, and members of the public are assured that each NHS Western Isles title has been written by local health professionals, and has undergone consultation with patients/carers of its intended audience, before being approved for use.

Chair of the NHS Western Isles Patient and Health Information Group, Maggie Fraser, said: “NHS Western Isles recognises the importance of providing clear, meaningful, up to date, accurate and consistent written information to patients and members of the public.

“There are clear benefits of using written information materials to supplement verbal explanations. Patient information leaflets can be referred to by patients away from the stressful environment of the consultation room, to refresh and review their knowledge at all stages of their condition. There is also evidence to suggest that effective patient information leaflets positively affect health outcomes, reduce patient anxiety, could increase self reliance and may reduce repeat consultations for recurring problems. We hope local communities will make use of the new resource, which will be updated on a regular basis as new titles are developed and approved.”

Titles on the new website have been organised into specific health sections to help make it easier to search for health titles. The health sections include: alcohol and drugs; babyhood and childcare; chest, heart and stroke; dental and oral health; specialist services and testing procedures; and surgery and medications.

Titles within these sections include: hip joint replacement, cataract surgery, microwave meals recipe guide, MS Specialist Nurse Service, back care information, first aid for sprains and strains, and many more.

An additional section entitled ‘NHS Western Isles Services’ has also been included to offer information about local NHS services. This includes: Community Chaplaincy Listening Service, Fatigue Management Programme, Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation Service, and the Substance Misuse Open Access Clinic.

Titles are available in a range of leaflet, booklet and factsheet formats, and are available to either view or download from the website. Furthermore, all titles have been written in a non-NHS jargon style, to help understanding of the topic, and are clear, up-to-date, and accurate.

To view the website, click here, or visit the NHS Western Isles website, click on the Patients and Visitors section, and select Patient Information Leaflets.