Chil­dren’s health app in the run­ning for na­tional award

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AN app to help par­ents treat sick chil­dren at home and ease pres­sure on A&E is in the run­ning for a na­tional award.

The free CATCH app, which stands for Com­mon Ap­proach to Chil­dren’s Health, was de­signed to help par­ents of ba­bies to five year olds de­cide when it is safe to treat ill­nesses at home, to re­duce trips to A&E.

The app uses a child’s date of birth and only gives health in­for­ma­tion and re­minders that are rel­e­vant to the child’s age.

Now the app, de­vel­oped for the Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group and the coun­cil, has been short­listed for a Health Ser­vice Jour­nal award in the cat­e­gory of ‘en­hanc­ing care by shar­ing data and in­for­ma­tion’.

Dr Les­ley Bayliss, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG’s clin­i­cal cham­pion for chil­dren, said: “We hope even more par­ents and car­ers em­brace the app and gen­er­ally adopt the self-care ap­proach where ap­pro­pri­ate.”

The app was de­vel­oped after re­search by Cheshire East Coun­cil’s pub­lic health team found the num­ber of chil­dren aged from birth to four be­ing taken to A&E was well above the na­tional av­er­age and many of the chil­dren are sent home with ba­sic ad­vice only.

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