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Have Health Help Now to hand this summer

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 25/07/2014 11:31:12

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 treatment for things such as sunburn, heatstroke and allergies.

Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “From family days out to just enjoying the good weather in your back garden or local park – Health Help Now is a handy tool to use when you need health advice fast, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency.

“We contacted every school in the local area before the summer holidays to ask that information about Health Help Now was passed onto parents. If you haven’t already, I’d urge you to take a look and bookmark the app or save it to your favourites. 

“The last thing you want to do on a hot summer’s day is spend hours searching for a pharmacy. 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 by people across Kent. 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.