North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group welcomes patients searching for health information
North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group has said it is encouraging that more people are being proactive about their health and wellbeing.
It follows a study that found Britons are now more than twice as likely to search the internet for health advice as to consult their doctor.
Half of adults go online for lifestyle and nutritional tips, and 23 per cent rely on newspapers and magazines.Just one in five people now turn to their GP to discuss medical matters - with 18 per cent chosing to speak to their friends.
Dr Fergus Macmillan, from the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "It is encouraging to see more people are actively searching for information about healthier lifestyles.
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"People are being more proactive about their health as they understand improvements to their lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing some serious illnesses as they get older.
"There is a great deal of useful information available on the Internet. Many of the cancer research and awareness organisations publish really important information about the early signs and symptoms of certain cancers, for example.
"If people are more aware of these early signs they can visit their GP with worrying symptoms sooner which enables them to be treated quicker.
"If you do use the Internet for health information, our advice would be to stick to websites such as NHS Choices.
"NHS Choices also provides links to many other organisations' websites and the information has been checked out by medical professionals so you can be confident in the information you read.
"If you are really concerned about any symptoms – either physical ones or things to do with your mood and state of mind, it is always best to make an appointment with your own GP as soon as possible.
"Your GP will either be able diagnose a problem and get treatment started quickly or put your mind at rest and prevent you from sitting in front of the computer worrying about your health."
For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx