How this new health app ‘takes pressure’ off the NHS

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham
Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham

AN APP that provides information on care and wellbeing in Hampshire will play a vital role in easing the pressure on the NHS, according to Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

Connect to Support Hampshire is a new app developed by Public Consulting Group UK, Hampshire County Council and Southampton University.

The app provides health information on health, as well as a directory of services, regardless of internet access.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘This app both supports local people living independently and as a result takes pressure off NHS staff and resources.

‘The app and website provide vital information and support that is tailored to the local area and residents, helping carers get the advice that they need.

‘I am delighted to hear that it is being used by GPs, nurses and charities to promote healthy, active communities that do not need to rely on NHS resources to maintain their wellbeing.’

Cllr Liz Fairhurst from Hampshire County Council added: ‘Connect to Support Hampshire is a fantastic one-stop shop for anyone looking for information about care and support in Hampshire, whether they are trying to find a local support group, need help for a specific disability or are looking for care services for themselves or a loved one.

‘The community directory also lets people quickly and easily search for all of the activities and services available within their local area, including not only voluntary organisations and care-related businesses, but also social clubs, community projects and volunteering opportunities, which we know are an essential part of healthy, active communities.’

The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.