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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New app helps with Welsh health choices

Advice on where to go for help if you feel unwell is now available in the form of a smartphone app, free to download.
The bilingual Choose Well app features details about a range of health services in Wales including pharmacists, GPs, optometrists, dentists, minor injury units and emergency departments.
The Choose Well campaign helps Welsh patients choose the best place to get treatment if they fall ill.
Evidence shows a significant number of people still go to hospital emergency departments (A&E) or dial 999 when there are other services more convenient and suitable for their needs.
The campaign uses a colour coded thermometer to help people to link their symptoms with a particular NHS service which is right for their need.
The Choose Well app is available to download for free on iOS (i-phone and i-pad) platforms from July 17. An Android version of the app will also be released in the autumn.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: "By giving people choice and helping them to understand the range of support available, the Choose Well campaign helps members of the public to understand how they can help themselves and the NHS by choosing the most appropriate service if they fall ill."

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