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Health app set to ease strain on NHS

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A new smartphone app has been launched to help residents choose the right service when they are ill in a bid to ease the pressures on the NHS.

The iPhone app, called Choose Well Doncaster, gives advice on when to use a pharmacy, NHS 111, GP, minor injury unit and A&E and uses sat nav to guide users to the closest services.

The app was produced by NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group with design input from students at Doncaster College.

iPhone owners can download it free of charge from the App store as part of a pilot scheme by the CCG.

Dr Andy Oakford, the CCG’s lead doctor for unplanned care, said: “The app will display where the closest services to you are in Doncaster when you are ill or injured.

“ We gathered excellent feedback from the students during the development of the app and hope to work in partnership with them on other projects in the future.”

The free app is only available for iPhones at the moment but if it proves popular an Android version may be developed.

Ian Latham, Assistant Director, School of Creative Industries at Doncaster College said: “The school of Creative Industries is delighted to be able to work with Doncaster CCG.

“Partnerships such as this provide valuable real world experience for our students and will undoubtedly help them to secure their futures.”

n For more on Choose Well Doncaster visit www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/2292/choosewelldoncasterapp or itunes.apple.com and search Choose Well Doncaster.

 

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