New health app a success

An iPhone app which is helping people in the region find the nearest and most appropriate NHS services now has 2,000 users.

The app gives users the names and addresses of their nearest A&E department, GP, NHS Walk in Centre, dentist, 8 to 8 clinic, sexual health service or pharmacy as well as first aid and emergency advice and reminders about health appointments and medication.

An iPhone user from Yorkshire, Richard Powell, said :

“I’ve had the Choose Well app on my phone for a while now and it’s really useful. It helps me to decide which service to use and gives me all the details of how to get there.

“Fortunately I haven’t had to use it in a serious situation, but it has helped me to find the nearest pharmacy when I went on a trip to York. It’s also got a reminder facility so I don’t miss an appointment.”

The app is especially useful for people who are visiting a part of the region which is unfamiliar to them, it enables them to find out where services are at the touch of a button should they be unlucky enough to need them.

Regional director for public health at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, Paul Johnstone, said:

“It is great that people are using the Choose Well app. It is a really useful piece of technology; it’s not only helping people to find the right service, it is also helping the NHS alleviate the pressure on A&E departments around the region.

“By informing people of the most appropriate service, the Choose Well app will help to reduce the number of people who come to A&E when they would be better served by another NHS service.”

The Choose Well app will shortly be available on Android phones so even more people will be able to download and use it.

The app can be downloaded by going to itunes online or via the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber website.