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How online technology can help keep you healthy

NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people in Nottingham to get online with mobile technology to find out more about their health and the health services available in the City.

The CCG’s app for smartphones and tablets, which is available free on i-phone, i-pad, Android and Blackberry devices, is designed to help people choose the right local NHS service for their needs.

The app includes a range of information – such as contact details, opening times and locations of pharmacies, GP surgeries and walk-in centres in the City – as well as information on healthy lifestyles and the NHS 111 telephone service. Download the app at http://bit.ly/NottinghamHealthApp.

Dr Hugh Porter, a local GP and Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “We’ve created the app to offer a handy reference guide that can be used even when you’re out and about, particularly to support people when they have an urgent care need.”

The NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk also offers a wealth of information including a series of symptom checkers to help people who feel unwell find the best course of action to take – whether that’s managing the symptoms themselves, visiting their GP or accessing urgent care services.

There’s also support on the site to help people with long term health conditions – such as asthma, diabetes or a heart problem – to manage their own health better. This includes real-life short films showing how some people with these conditions look after themselves. All the content on the site has been medically approved, and is checked regularly. The NHS 111 telephone service is also available for anyone who needs advice on an urgent health problem.

For help on making healthy lifestyle changes, the LifeCheck at www.nhs.uk/lifecheck offers tailored advice. Questions about your age, weight, height and lifestyle help identify where making some changes might improve your wellbeing.

“Reducing unnecessary attendance at A&E is a huge priority for the NHS, particularly over winter,” added Dr Porter. “We are trying to raise awareness of the various ways in which people can manage their own health and the options available in the community to encourage local people to access the right care at the right time.”

Published: 29 December 2014