Posted by Amanda Crawford at 13/07/2015 11:49:42
With schools finishing for the summer, the NHS is encouraging families to make sure they know how to use the free Health Help Now apps.
“Whether you’re concerned about a child’s insect bite, twisted ankle or touch of sunburn, Health Help Now can help,” said Dr Navin Kumta, Chair of NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group.
“It has reliable advice and can help you find the best local service for common symptoms, to take the worry out of health problems over the summer holidays.”
Health Help Now (www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net) is not just for children – it has information and advice for people of all ages. All you need to do is put in your symptoms, age bracket and postcode and let Health Help Now do the rest.
It is available on the web and can be downloaded to smartphones, with the added benefit of being able to save notes and appointments to your phone. The apps show the nearest services, whether they are open or closed, and provide a map of their location and directions.
It will help you find out if you need to see a doctor, pharmacist or use one of Ashford’s minor injuries services.
Pharmacists provide expert, free, confidential advice on health issues such as cold sores, constipation, coughs, cystitis, diarrhoea, hay fever, headache, mild eczema, sunburn, sprains and strains. You can simply turn up and ask for advice with no prior appointment.
Dr Kumta added: “Whether your family has days out planned or you will just be enjoying the good weather in the back garden – Health Help Now is a handy tool to use when you need health advice fast, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency.
“I’d urge everyone with a smartphone or computer to save the Health Help Now web app – www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net – or download the Health Help Now app from Google Play and the App Store.
“Health Help Now has lots of local information and can guide you to the service that will be best able to deal with your symptoms. It also shows when services, such as pharmacies, are open or closed.”
Since its launch in December 2013, Health Help Now has been used more than 66,000 times.
People are also being encouraged to check their medicine cabinet is well stocked. Your medicine cabinet should include:
• Painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen – including child versions if you have children under 12)
• Plasters, bandages and sticking tape
• Antiseptic cream
• Rehydration salts
• Indigestion treatments
• Antihistamines (such as hay fever tablets and insect bite creams).
For further information on summer health advice visit www.kent.gov.uk/summer.