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You can now listen to diabetes advice online with The Sound Doctor | December 24, 2009


NHS Barking and Dagenham has launched a ground breaking audio website designed to help local people with long term health problems to cope with their illnesses.

The Sound Doctor, which went live this week at, is a new website that features more than 60 medical specialists speaking about various long-term health conditions. At the click of a mouse people can access expert information and advice on a range of illnesses including: cardiovascular disease, coronary obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic emphysema or bronchitis, known as COPD), weight management, cholesterol and hypertension, quitting smoking and recovering from a fall. For those without internet access the information is available on CD on request.

The Sound Doctor is specifically designed for the ill and their families to allow them to access information about managing their condition without having to leave the comfort of home. This is particularly important for people whose condition may make leaving the house a strenuous or stressful experience.

NHS Barking and Dagenham Director of Health Improvement, Matthew Cole, said: “The Sound Doctor lets patients get expert answers to many of the questions they might have about their condition from the comfort of their own home. The website features more than 60 specialists from the borough talking in detail about what it means to be diagnosed with a particular illness. They also talk about what patients and carers can do to aid treatment. The service is designed to enhance the superb one-on-one treatment already offered by our specialists and we really hope that local people make full use of the website and CDs we’ve made available.”

Local resident and cardiac patient Tony Roth was involved in creating the site. He says it is an excellent resource: “When patients hear a diagnosis, they may miss what’s been said to them, especially if the information comes as a shock. This website gives them the opportunity to take the time to listen, really understand what a condition means for them, and hear from other people’s experiences.”

Campaign Co-ordinator, Sam Woodhouse, said: “We are delighted with the look and manageability of the site. This is a really comprehensive and groundbreaking way of delivering information and so far the feedback has been excellent. We are very pleased to be at the forefront of using digital platforms to give people effective health information in a flexible way.”


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