Published Mon, 2010-10-18 15:11; updated 2 years ago.

A third of West Midlands households are unable to get the most out of the region's health services because they do not have internet access.

To coincide with national Get Online Week NHS local is running workshops in the region to help over 65s to understand the potential healthcare benefits of getting connected.

The internet is a huge healthcare resource with sites like NHS Choices, NHS local and NHS Direct providing information, advice and useful applications to improve people's lives.

Yet last year, according to the Office for National Statistics only 67% of households in the West Midlands had access to the internet, compared to 80% in London.

The data also show that in the UK less than one in three people (30%) over the age of 65 had access to the internet compared to 96% of 16-24 year olds.

According to the survey the less formal training someone had the less likely they were to have an internet connection.

Of those surveyed who had no formal qualifications, half (52%) said they had no internet access.

Efforts are being made in the West Midlands to try and give people greater access to the internet.

For example, patients at Birmingham's new Queen Elizabeth hospital have access to side rooms where they can access the internet.

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NHS Direct