The official website of the National Health Service (NHS) has allowed the organisation to save £44 million each year, a report has revealed.
The report, conducted by a team of researchers from Imperial College London, found that around one third of users who visited the NHS Choices site did not go on to book an appointment with their GP as the site had provided them with all the information they needed.
The NHS said in its annual report that the website had seen an increase in visitors of 10 per cent compared to 2009.
The Telegraph reports that Simon Burns, UK's Health Minister, said in a statement: “Every day we use the internet and technology to organise our lives, and increasingly when it comes to our health. For example, more and more people are taking the information they have found online with them when they consult their GP. It is important they can find accurate, trusted information from sources such as NHS Choices.”
"It is vital that every penny spent on the NHS counts, and the Imperial College research shows that tools like NHS Choices can help deliver savings."