Northern Ireland: online tool helps patients self-manage health

05 March 2019

An online tool has been launched by the health service to help people in Northern Ireland self-manage their illnesses.

Online Mockup

The A-Z symptom search, now live at, has more than 600 conditions listed and has links to GP surgeries, community pharmacies and other NHS services.

The Health and Social Care Board project is backed by other bodies, including the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency, and aims to provide trusted information to make it easier for people to self-manage their conditions or know how to seek help from a healthcare professional.

The Department of Health’s permanent secretary, Richard Pengelly, said: ‘By harnessing technology in this way, it helps us empower people to be more active in their own care and, in addition, has the potential to reduce demand on GPs and emergency departments.’