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Patients encouraged to review their health care on TripAdvisor style website

Healthwatch England was launched in 2012 Credit: PA

An independent watchdog is asking for more people to use the 'Healthwatch Cumbria' service.

It's a trip advisor style system to help patients review the care they have received in hospitals, dentists, social care and GP surgeries.

The online system gives people the opportunity to anonymously write and read comments about various health facilities across the county.

Views are then shared with decision makers to help improve services.

Credit: PA

Since its launch in April in Cumbria, the site has seen more than 460 responses.

Health and care providers are alerted when they have three or more reviews on a weekly basis, which they can reply to.

69%
of the feedback has been positive, says Healthwatch Cumbria.

Healthwatch Cumbria is part of the national network established by the Government in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The 'chatty van' will visit a Farmer's Market at Junction 36 in Crooklands to encourage more the farming community to leave feedback on the website.

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