New child health app proves a win­ner

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

A MO­BILE phone app which helps par­ents and car­ers when chil­dren fall ill has won a re­gional award.

The free app CATCH, which stands for Com­mon Ap­proach to Chil­dren’s Health, helps peo­ple spot symp­toms in chil­dren aged 0 -5 and to seek med­i­cal ad­vice when nec­es­sary.

It won the In­no­va­tion Award at the 2017 Ex­cel­lence in Sup­ply Awards held in Black­pool by the NHS in the North West.

NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) with Cheshire East Coun­cil and NHS South Cheshire CCG com­mis­sioned the app which gives ad­vice on health­care ser­vices, no­ti­fi­ca­tions about dates, such as child­hood im­mu­ni­sa­tions and a map of GP surg­eries, den­tists and phar­ma­cies.

The app came about af­ter a study found that A&E at­ten­dance among 0-4 year olds in Cheshire East was much higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

Dr Les­ley Bayliss, NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG’s clin­i­cal cham­pion for chil­dren, said: “These find­ings show that the app is not only help­ing par­ents take great care of their chil­dren but is also re­duc­ing avoid­able hos­pi­tal ac­tiv­ity, which is good news for peo­ple need­ing ur­gent and emer­gency care.”

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