HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● DR Les­ley Bayliss, re­tired GP and NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clin­i­cal cham­pion for chil­dren. ONE of the most re­ward­ing things about work­ing for NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG is be­ing in­volved in the com­mis­sion­ing of projects and ser­vices that will gen­uinely ben­e­fit the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and health sys­tem – which I be­lieve is ex­actly what the CATCH app will do.

Now avail­able free on the App Store for iPhones and iPads and Play Store for An­droids and tablets, CATCH is an in­no­va­tive prod­uct aimed at par­ents and car­ers of those aged 0-5, as well as ex­pec­tant par­ents.

It pro­vides NHSap­proved health­care ad­vice, highly lo­calised in­for­ma­tion about the ser­vices avail­able in Cheshire East and a map of where they are in prox­im­ity to you.

The app also al­lows you to in­put you child’s date of birth, mean­ing it will only pro­vide you with in­for­ma­tion that’s rel­e­vant to your child’s age and no­tify you with timely re­minders about key health dates – such as im­mu­ni­sa­tions.

CATCH came about as a re­sult of a study by Cheshire East Coun­cil’s Pub­lic Health depart­ment, which found that large num­bers of chil­dren are at­tend­ing A&E at Mac­cles­field District Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and are sim­ply be­ing sent home with ad­vice – mean­ing they didn’t re­ally need to be there and could have per­haps been bet­ter served with self-care.

So Pub­lic Health Cheshire East, our­selves and NHS South Cheshire CCG came to­gether to try and rec­tify the prob­lem, and the CATCH app was the re­sult. It is hoped the app will give par­ents and car­ers the knowl­edge and self-con­fi­dence to treat their chil­dren them­selves when ap­pro­pri­ate, but equally not be de­terred from tak­ing their child to A&E in a gen­uine emer­gency or af­ter an ac­ci­dent.

We want Cheshire East to be the best place for chil­dren to grow up in and this app is a great step to­wards achiev­ing this goal.

I re­ally hope that peo­ple em­brace the app and adopt the self-care ap­proach where ap­pro­pri­ate, which is not only ben­e­fi­cial to the pa­tient but also eases pres­sure on the NHS.

Find out more at catchapp.co.uk.

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