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NHS Direct launches online symptom checker

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NHS Direct has launched an online health and symptom checker for people suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, sparked by an increase in patients calling the helpline about such symptoms.

NHS Direct received 17,700 calls from people about diarrhoea and vomiting, often linked to norovirus, in November.

The checker works by asking the user a series of questions and, depending on the information provided, patients may be advised how they can treat their symptoms at home or to seek further advice.

NHS Direct chief nurse Helen Young said: “It’s not unusual to see an increase in the number of people contracting norovirus at this time of the year.”

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  • We have been trying to get the NHS interested in a simple & proven preventative technology we've been marketing in the UK for three years, but they are doing their best to ignore it even though it's specified for health care institutions around the globe and is specifically used to protect the cruise ship passengers from contracting Norovirus. Since Disney Cruises installed our probes they've never had a Norovirus outbreak on one of their ships. When will the NHS wake up a realise it's a lot more cost effective & morally the "right thing to do" to prevent outbreaks than deal with the aftermath - for those of you who are interested to know more -

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