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Health plan idea for those with illness

PUBLISHED: 09:27 24 November 2009 | UPDATED: 08:54 01 August 2010

PEOPLE with diabetes or heart failure are being encouraged to sign up for a free personal health plan.

The plan is in a paperback-size folder and contains useful entry pages for people to log their medical history and relevant information about their health needs.

PEOPLE with diabetes or heart failure are being encouraged to sign up for a free personal health plan.

The plan is in a paperback-size folder and contains useful entry pages for people to log their medical history and relevant information about their health needs.

The aim of the personal health plan, or PHP, is so someone who has diabetes, heart failure or another long-term condition can take it with them when they go to see a healthcare professional or social services.

Linda Caine, a spokesman for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “The PHP is a record - a kind of health passport - that is personal to a patient, and has details of their medical issues and priorities.

“We want patients to feel that they are in control of their own health and that professionals in the NHS and social care will listen to their views. These days the patient doesn't have to be passive and just get whatever care is handed to them.”

People who have diabetes and selected patients who have suffered heart failure will be invited by their GP to use the personal health plans when the project starts in December. It will be offered to all patients with long term conditions by March 2011.

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