Due to the changes in technology there are now amazing apps that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet to help you manage your own health.
All the Apps listed below can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play
get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it
- order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to
- book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
- check your symptoms – search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice and medical help near you
- view your medical record – securely access your GP medical record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines
- register to be an organ donor – chose to donate some or all your organs and check your registered decision
- find out how the NHS uses your data – choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
Patients receiving treatment to prevent blood clots can use the engage self-care app to self-test safely and conveniently. Using the engage app can reduce the need for regular clinic visits by monitoring your INR (International Normalised Ratio) at home, at work or while abroad, and make the results available to your care team immediately.
You will need an INR home testing kit to carry out the tests.
How does it work?
The engage self-care app gives you access to step-by-step tutorials that help you learn to self-test at your convenience and understand how your diet and lifestyle can affect your INR.
Active 10 tracks your walking and tells you when you need to increase your pace to achieve a brisk walk (about 3 miles an hour). The app is based on the idea that a regular 10-minute walk has lots of health benefits.
To keep things interesting the app gives you goals to work towards and rewards your progress.
You can share your activity with friends and family on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Who is it suitable for?
Active 10 is for people looking for easy ways to ass activity to their day and improve their health.
Beat Panic is an app that has been designed to help you cope with a panic attack whilst out and about. It can also be used to help in your own home, or wherever you happen to be.
Use Your Phone To Help You To Cope With Panic and To Gain Control
The Beat Panic app
- will give you something to focus on instead of thinking about the changes in your body
- will help you to slow your breathing, reduce your heart rate and release tension
- will help you to keep those worrying thoughts in perspective and remind you what is really happening
- will help you to overcome the urge to flee
Calm harm has been designed to help you to identify and manage your 'emotional mind' with positive impact. The app enables you to track your progress, and is designed to work alongside your current treatments allowing you to elleviate your symptoms.
What does it do?
the four categories of tasks target the main reasons for why people self harm.
- Distract helps to combat the urge by learning self control
- Comfort helps to care rather than harm
- Express gets those feelings out in a different way
- Release provides safe alternatives to self injury
NHS Now offers a whole range of Local NHS Services, designed to meet patients needs.
The app will allow you to access self care advise or choose and find your nearest, most appropriate and most convenient local health service currently open to you at any time of the day or night, including;
- GP Practices
- Urgent Care Centres
Finding the right advise or service early can help and NHS Now enables patients to do precisely that.
You can get live opening times and directions to each local NHS service. For each type of service, you can ask to see either all locations or those that are open for service at the specific time you are using the app.
The distrACT app aims to help you better understand urges to self-harm, and encourages you to monitor and manage your symptoms. It can also help reduce the risk of suicide.
There's advice and support information, including emergency contact numbers, how best to work with healthcare professionals and safer alternatives to self-harming.
In the app's Chill Zone, you can fin resources that may help you feel better, including art, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos.
Who is it suitable for?
Anyone over the age of 17 who's concerned about self-harming.
Keep track of our Epilepsy or general well-being may not be easy. National guidelines encourage regular reviews with your GP, but this may only be once a year!
But how do you keep track of it for the rest of the year? - EpSMon can help you self-monitor in between your visits to doctors. Fatalities including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) do happen in some people with epilepsy. The good news is that the best protection is action to improve known risk factors.
EpSMon will show you which risks are getting better, which have worsened and which have stayed the same so you can show this to your GP. It can also help you decide whether to seek help earlier that your next planned visit.
It has been designed so that you can be aware of why and when a medical review of your epilepsy is important.
Please Note: EpSMon cannot guarantee that you are never at risk, but it can help you self-monitor and take action if needed
NHS Smokefree is a 28-day plan to help people to stop smoking for good. You get daily messages to keep you motivated, badges to reward your progress, and help with cravings if things get tough.
If you stay smoke free for 28 days, you're up to five times more likely to stay smoke free for life
You can use the app to stop smoking today or choose a future start date, with a countdown to the day. A savings calculator will show you how much money you're saving as each smoke free day goes by.
Sleepstation is a 6-week course for people who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. The course is tailored to your needs, using the information your provide, and gives you access to a team of sleep experts who will offer helpful advice and support throughout.
After completing a 7-day sleep diary, Sleepstation will review your information and provide personalised advice to help you tackle your sleep problems. By understanding what is keeping you awake and reviewing your progress regularly, you should be sleeping better within 3 or 4 weeks. Getting more sleep will bring added bebefits such as improved moor and memory, lower anxiety levels, and reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
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SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The 8-week course is designed to be completed in your own time at your own pace.
SilverCloud uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you change the way you think and feel about things. The course features videos, activities, quizzes, audio guides and your own online journal.
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Integrated Family Delivered Neonatal Care
The IFDC app helps parents of premature babies take an active role in their newborn's treatment in an intensive care unit. It aims to put parents at the forefront of their premature baby's care, with the support of healthcare professionals.
Using the app's educational information, parents can better understand what's happening to their baby, chart things like growth and feeding progress, and keep a diary of the key stages throughout the experience. This approach has been found to reduce the anxiety of parents, as well as giving the parents the opportunity to learn more about neonatal care by accessing medically accurate information from a trusted source.
The timeline function can be used to easily track the weight and length of your baby, record skin to skin cuddles, and monitor feeding and expressing rates. Events, pictures and memories can be stored in the app's secure diary.
The Liva app is a digital platform to help you manage conditions such as diabetes, heart problems and obesity, and make changes to your lifestyle. The app lets you use a range of tools to monitor aspects of your health, from physical activity and sleep patterns to blood pressure levels and lung function. This allows you to track data about your condition and lifestyle on graphs, receive customised lifestyle plans, and access forums that provide relevant information and support.
OWise Breast Cancer
Use the OWise Breast Cancer app to keep track of your treatment and your well being. Record fatigue, appetite, pain and other health facts to spot trends ans help improve your care. You can also record conversations with your doctor to listen back to in your own time.
OWise aims to offer support and help you take control if you've been diagnosed with breast cancer. It gives you a clear overview of your condition, including upcoming treatments and appointments and how you're feeling. You can receive a personalised list of questions to help you prepare for doctor appointments.