Health in Wales website replaces HOWIS internet site

27 July 2010, Public Health Wales

The Health in Wales website has today replaced the HOWIS internet site at www.wales.nhs.uk.

The bilingual website provides a single point of access for those seeking information about the health of the people of Wales and information about the health and social care services provided by NHS Wales.
 
It is designed to complement NHS Direct Wales, which provides information for individuals and their dependents on personal health and heath service needs.
 
The website has been developed and will be supported by Public Health Wales in partnership with the HSW web team which is part of NHS Wales Informatics Service. 
 
Among the main objectives of the site are: 
  • To promote public and patient understanding of the NHS in Wales;
  • To signpost opportunities for public and patient involvement in the NHS in Wales;
  • To promote access to resources provided by different NHS organisations for varied user groups;
  • To provide links to trusted resources by and for the NHS in Wales.
The website was officially launched in March 2010 and has since been running successfully alongside the HOWIS internet – the website it was intended to replace. This has allowed time for full testing and for the web editor to receive feedback from stakeholders and the public.
 
For a short time the HOWIS site will continue to run in parallel at www2.wales.nhs.uk to ensure a controlled changeover. The HOWIS intranet site will remain unaffected. 
 
The success of the new website will depend on its usefulness in clearly signposting comprehensive, up to date and reliable links to the resources and work of all organisations and service partners of NHS Wales. Please contact Michael O’Connor, Health in Wales web editor based in Public Health Wales with any links you would like to have included on the site or with any suggestions for improvement that you may have.