HANDi Paediatric App
We are pleased to let you know that we have launched a new mobile app that will give you up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them.
NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG), Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have worked in partnership to launch the app in Devon.
It’s called the HANDi Paediatric app and was originally developed by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.
The app has been designed as a way to reduce the number of children and young people who visit A&E, but need no treatment.
It has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, for the most common childhood health care concerns.
Dr Shelagh McCormick talks a parent through the app
The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed.
We know you generally don’t want to take your children to A&E unless it’s absolutely necessary – but often you end up there because you are not sure what else to do.
We hope this app will give you more confidence in dealing with the more minor conditions yourselves at home.
The most common childhood conditions are covered in the app
The conditions covered are:
- ‘Chesty baby’ illnesses, such as bronchiolitis, asthma and croup
- ‘Chesty child’ illnesses, such as wheezing and asthma
The app takes you through a series of questions about the symptoms your child is experiencing and then advises on the best course of action, whether that’s to treat at home, to make a GP appointment, or to head to A&E.
Of course, you should seek further help where necessary. This app is really about ensuring children are cared for in the most appropriate environment for their condition.