Self-care could cut need for millions of GP visits

Self-care could cut need for millions of GP visits

Simple self-care measures could end millions of unnecessary GP visits every year, says the LGA.

Health Help Now App

“The app and website have been both designed to help people check their symptoms and find the best place for treatment – showing which services near them are open. It will help people to know when to go to A&E, and when not to. The information has been developed with the input of clinicians and includes advice about how people can treat themselves at home for minor illnesses and injuries. After clicking on age group, symptoms and location, people are given options for treatment with the most suitable listed first.” Dr Brendan Hudson, Chair, Sutton CCG.

Further Information

The NHS in Croydon and Sutton has a free website and app to help you find the right treatment, especially when you are not sure what to do or who to contact. Whether you have a baby with a high temperature, a child who is being sick, a teenager who is feeling low or you have sprained your ankle and for many other health problems, the Health Help Now website and app can guide you to the service that will help you best.

Health Help Now lists common symptoms for people of all ages and helps you find the best place for treatment for them near you. It shows the nearest services, whether they are pen or closed, and provides a map of their location and directions.

Health Help Now also offers reliable health advice and links to other useful websites. Available at www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net, it works on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

The Apple and Android versions feature a health wallet, where users can make notes about symptoms or questions they may need to ask a GP, keep a list of health appointments and contacts, and save their favourite Health Help Now pages to find them again in one click.

To find the downloadable apps, just search Health Help Now at the Apple Store and the Android Google Play Store. Why not download Health Help Now to your device now so you have it to hand when you need it?

If you don’t have internet access, or if you need medical help fast but it isn’t a 999 emergency, dial 111.

Health Help Now is a free website or mobile app that you can use to find the most appropriate local health service for common symptoms, and advice for people of all ages. Visit www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net or search “Health Help Now” in your app store.

 

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