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The HANDi Paediatric app is now available to parents in Worcestershire

Parents and carers in Worcestershire are being encouraged to download the free HANDi Paediatric app today.

The HANDi Paediatric app aims to provide advice and support to parents and carers of children up to eleven years of age when their child is unwell.

The app contains information about when and how to ask for help thereby giving parents more confidence in dealing with minor childhood health care conditions.

The HANDi app offers simple and straightforward advice for the following conditions in children:

  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • High temperature
  • ‘chesty baby’ illnesses, such as bronchiolitis, asthma and croup
  • ‘chesty child’ illnesses such as wheezing and asthma
  • Abdominal pain
  • Common newborn problems.

Dr Sally Hetherington, a Redditch GP who has been part of the team involved in developing the app in Worcestershire said: “I hope this app will provide parents and carers of children with some very accessible, consistent, and reliable advice on common childhood illness. 

“The current Covid 19 pandemic has forced Primary Care to adapt to meet our patients’ needs; being able to direct patients to the Handi Paediatric App will be extremely helpful, providing safety netting advice and support during this tricky time.”

The app has been developed by NHS organisations across Worcestershire and is free to download onto any Apple device via the App Store or any Android device via the Google Play Store.

Work is also underway to develop a HANDi app for use in Herefordshire which will be available to download in 2021.

Information that was held previously by NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG was transferred to NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG on 1 April 2020.

The new CCG is the the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to hw.enquiries@nhs.net.