People suffering from kidney disease can now learn more about their condition and access their personal medical details by logging on to a web service.
The National Service Framework (NSF) for Renal Services has developed "Renal PatientView" to allow patients greater access to information on their condition and help them make more informed choices about their own care.
Patients can log on to the website from their homes to check their blood test results, and read information about their renal diagnosis and treatment.
Health minister Rosie Winterton welcomed the new service saying: "It is important that renal patients are able to make informed choices about their care.
"The Renal NSF rightly placed the emphasis on patient choice and Renal PatientView is another step forward in helping patients to access high quality information and become involved in their own care.
"Just by logging on renal patients and their families can now find out more about the treatments available to them from the comfort of their own home."
GPs can also have access to the website and patients can share their logins with family, friends or other healthcare professionals without renal experience.