Get the NHS app for summer’s ailments

Get the NHS app for summer’s ailments

Get the NHS app for summer’s ailments

First published in News

Health experts are urging people to take advantage of a new app that could help them during the hot weather.

The rise in temperatures during the summer sees a big increase in the number of people treated for sunburn, heatstroke, barbeque related burns, insect bites and stings.

Choosing the most appropriate place to get treatment, whether it’s the pharmacy, GP, minor injuries unit, or A&E, will help people get the right care at the right time.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in Horsham, Mid Sussex and Crawley are advising people to use the new NHS Mobile app by visiting www.rightcarerightnow-nhs.net.

It gives a choice of services for the person needing care, advising where to go and who to see, plus alternatives.

GPs and hospital doctors have prioritised these treatment options so the one that is the right choice for most people is listed first.

Lead GP for Crawley CCG, Amit Bhargava, said: “Our unique app is aimed at guiding patients to the right service in the local area as quickly as possible.

“The app gives sensible advice, for example the nearest pharmacist, for things like sunburn and insect bites that can be dealt with in most cases by a pharmacist.

“Together, we can look after patients and look after our NHS.

“We all have a part to play. The app is one step in the right direction.”

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