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Have Health Help Now to hand this summer

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 30/07/2014 14:37:20

With school finished for the summer, the NHS is encouraging families to make sure they know how to use the free Health Help Now web app. 

Health Help Now (www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net) is a time and location-specific web app which can advise on the best health service to access depending on a person’s symptoms.

The app has information and advice for people of every age, from babies and teenagers to adults and the elderly. It lists common symptoms and offers suggestions for self treatment for things such as minor illnesses, sunburn, heatstroke and allergies.

Dr Tony Martin, Chair of NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Every school in the Thanet area was contacted by us prior to the summer holidays, asking that Health Help Now information could be passed on to parents.

“Health Help Now is a very useful tool to use when Thanet people need health advice, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency. By the using it, you can avoid ending up at the wrong place for your needs.

“Health Help Now can advise on the best place to go depending on where you are and what is open. And don’t forget NHS 111 is also available 24/7.”

Since its launch in December 2013, Health Help Now has been used more than 23,000 times. It is available to everyone in Medway, east Kent and north Kent and can be accessed on computers, tablets and smartphones.

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)
• Thermometer
• Plasters, bandages and sticking tape
• Antiseptic cream
• Sunscreen
• 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

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