Para­medic urges par­ents to use app to help sick chil­dren

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A Bath and North East Som­er­set para­medic is urg­ing par­ents and car­ers of chil­dren to down­load an app that gives ex­pert med­i­cal ad­vice about the most com­mon child­hood con­di­tions. Jon Ham­mond-wil­liams, pic­tured, the fre­quent caller lead at South Western Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, says the free HANDIAPP is for pupils who started school this Septem­ber. He said: “HANDIAPP is a re­ally use­ful tool that ex­actly matches the guid­ance that we pro­vide our paramedics in the field. “The app can help you un­der­stand what care is the right care for a child, and the main thing is, it’s so easy to use. “You just se­lect ex­actly what you want for the sce­nario you’re in, for ex­am­ple ‘par­ents at home, with a child ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chesti­ness’ – then it’s lit­er­ally yes and no an­swers un­til you get given the ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vice.” The app was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped at Mus­grove Park hos­pi­tal in Taun­ton, and has been adapted by lo­cal pae­di­a­tri­cians at Bath’s Royal United Hos­pi­tal. It was launched in B&NES and Wilt­shire for the first time in March 2017 and in its first year was down­loaded more than 14,000 times. Not only is the app de­signed to pro­vide ad­vice to par­ents, car­ers, teach­ers and any­one else work­ing with chil­dren, it is also used by GPS, health vis­i­tors and other health­care work­ers, so the ad­vice ev­ery­one re­ceives is ex­actly the same. Lo­cal GP and Bath and North East Som­er­set Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group board mem­ber Dr Daisy Curl­ing said: “I use this app all the time, both as a par­ent and when I’m ad­vis­ing pa­tients with young chil­dren. “It’s per­fect to have handy at this time of year, as the new school term starts and we start to see an in­crease in the num­ber of child­hood ill­nesses go­ing around the com­mu­nity.” Para­medic Jon be­lieves one of the app’s main strengths is the fact it in­cludes rec­om­men­da­tions for how to look af­ter poorly chil­dren wher­ever they are – at home, at school or while away vis­it­ing friends and fam­ily, as well as ad­vice for par­ents and car­ers of chil­dren who are in hos­pi­tal. “You don’t need to have clin­i­cal knowl­edge to be able to work it, but it will still come out with the ap­pro­pri­ate clin­i­cal ad­vice.” You can down­load the app for free from itunes: http://bit.ly/hand­i­itunes and Google Play: http://bit.ly/ Handi­google

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