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Librarians trained to provide public health information

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A new partnership between NHS Choices and public libraries will provide the public with access to more information about their health.

Under the agreement, library staff will get training so they can guide the public through NHS Choices website which has information about conditions, treatments or living a better lifestyle.

Fiona Williams, president of the Society of Chief Librarians, said: “Libraries are an ideal place for people to learn more about their health choices. People want their health information presented in clear ways that they can easily understand, and that is exactly what public library staff does.”

Bob Gann, head of strategy for NHS Choices said “NHS Choices is committed to reaching all sections of society. Those without access to the internet are often those with the greatest health needs. We are delighted to be working with libraries as key partners in bridging the digital divide.”

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