NHS Direct


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NHS Direct

A service provided by the NHS in the form of a 24/7 telephone advice line staffed by nurses, designed to empower patients and provide confidential “on the spot” health information for self-management, advice, or if he or she need further help, directing him or her to the right service at the right time.

NHS Direct

A branch of the NHS that provides reliable medical information and advice to the general public. The web site (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk) includes a useful medical encyclopedia. NHS Direct offers telephone consultation with experienced nurses.
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Carys Edwards, from Cardiff, rang NHS Direct Wales' 0845 number from her mobile when her six-week-old daughter, Swyn, had a high temperature.
Plaid Cymru's health spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth has called for the Welsh Government to scrap the 0845 number for NHS Direct to stop people being billed excessively.
"Because of the cost I'm unlikely to use NHS Direct again."
THE axing of NHS Direct cost taxpayers nearly PS90million in redundancy payoffs and winding-up costs, it has emerged.
The service was thrown into turmoil last July after one of the main providers, NHS Direct, announced it was planning to pull out of its contracts due to severe financial problems.
ONE of the greatest health scandals of this Government has been the death of the NHS Direct information and advice service.
It will step into lead the controversial service from November 11 after signing contracts to take over from NHS Direct.
NHS DIRECT is pulling out of Merseyside but bosses for the company say they will not leave patients high and dry.
NHS Direct provides the non-emergency phone line in nine regions of England, but has said that it is "seeking to withdraw from the contracts it entered into".
y It is being implemented to replace telephone helpline NHS Direct.
NHS Direct in Stockton is still earmarked to close - despite 50% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England requiring their continued support.
The Royal College of Nursing Northern Region has learnt that around 50% of the commissioning groups across England have requested assistance from NHS Direct to continue providing support to them, despite the fact many NHS Direct services were due to be stopped from yesterday.