New health app to ease A&E pres­sure

Pro­gramme will be able to give treat­ment ad­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NEW health app has been launched in Bucks to help peo­ple who are feel­ing un­der the weather un­der­stand where to go for treat­ment.

Health Help Now is a free ser­vice for peo­ple in Bucks who can down­load it to their phone, lap­top or tablet so they can get NHS ad­vice about the best place to go for their health con­cerns.

Peo­ple can use Health Help Now to check their symptoms and find the A LO­CAL mu­seum is hop­ing ap­pear­ances on na­tional ra­dio will help its cam­paign to rebuild its world fa­mous mu­sic stu­dios. The Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum, Chal­font Giles,

St near­est place they can go for treat­ment. All phar­ma­cies, den­tists and GP surg­eries in Bucks are listed, as well as A&E de­tails and the Mi­nor In­juries and Ill­ness Unit.

The app breaks down symptoms ac­cord­ing to age groups in­clud­ing baby, child, teenager, adult and older adult.

The app has been de­vel­oped by NHS Chiltern and NHS Ayles­bury Vale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups.

Dr Re­becca Mal­lardSmith, Chiltern CCG clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing direc­tor for ur­gent care launched a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign in March to rebuild Jack­son Stu­dios, which the Bucks Ad­ver­tiser re­ported on.

They hope to raise said: “We hope Health Help Now will save a lot of peo­ple a wasted trip to ac­ci­dent and emer­gency and help them get the right treat­ment in the right place more quickly. This should also help ease the pres­sure for our col­leagues work­ing in A&E.”

Ayles­bury Vale CCG ex­ec­u­tive clin­i­cal lead for un­sched­uled care Dr Kevin Sud­des said: “Most peo­ple know that go­ing to ac­ci­dent and emer­gency isn’t the right place for the vast ma­jor­ity of their health com­plaints, but are con­fused about what the £7,000 to help pay for the re­con­struc­tion of the stu­dios where Mo­tor­head and El­ton John recorded al­bums. Mu­seum direc­tor, Sue Shave, said: “We have right places are to go to and get help. Health Help Now will be able to point them in the right di­rec­tion and help them un­der­stand a bit more about their treat­ment op­tions.”

The in­for­ma­tion has been de­vel­oped with the in­put of clin­i­cians. Af­ter click­ing on an age group, symptoms and lo­ca­tion, peo­ple are given op­tions for treat­ment with the most suit­able listed first.

The web app is avail­able via www.health­help­nownhs.net and can be saved to your phone, tablet or com­puter. had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse from the mu­sic press about this with in­ter­view re­quests com­ing in thick and fast from ra­dio and mag­a­zines.”

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