The benefits of NHS apps

The benefits of NHS apps

There can be no doubt that the NHS is under strain. How can it move with the times and meet the demands on its services? One solution would be to go mobile! The NHS currently offers a number of services via mobile apps, making engaging with the NHS convenient and easy for mobile users.

Don’t Panic
The Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Don’t Panic app is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and assists users in managing the unpleasant symptoms of stress, worry, panic attacks, social anxiety and negative thinking through a series of audio guides. Providing a practical resource on the go to those in distress allows users to manage their mental health setbacks at a time and place that suits them. The app is free and available in the Apple Store and Google Play.

Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) Chatbot
The NHS’ Start4Life programme has launched an initiative to provide a 24 hour chatbot for mums nursing their children. Conveniently accessed via Facebook Messenger, the chatbot offers support and advice for breastfeeding mums to try and reverse the fact that the “…UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world.” Facebook Messenger is free and other resources are available at the Start4Life website.

NHS Give Blood
The Blood and Transplant branch of the NHS requires “…over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England.” Their Give Blood app allows donors in England to sign up, book and change appointments as needed, as well as keep a track of how many donations they’ve made, and store their personal details. It’s free to download and easy to use so donors can book on the go!

111 Diagnosis App
Launching a trial version earlier this year, the NHS are currently testing an app to replicate the 111 telephone service. Users would be required to input their data and respond to questions posed by an algorithm in order to determine a diagnosis and course of action. Offering another choice to users, the app bypasses the need to telephone the number if they should wish.

Couch to 5k
In an attempt to help more adults become active on a regular basis, the NHS and Public Health England offers the Couch to 5K running app, designed to build runners up to be able to run 5k from little or not exercise at all. The app is free, interactive, logs progress and even lets users select a trainer to help along the way.

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