choosewellappA free smartphone app has been launched to advise people about the best places to get help when they are ill or injured in Oxfordshire.

The ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app has been developed by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, one of Oxford Health NHS Foundations Trust’s partners.

The app aims to guide people to the most appropriate NHS service for them.

It uses the the global positioning technology found on Android smartphones and IPhones to enable people to find the right health service, wherever they are in Oxfordshire. Details of pharmacies, GP practices, minor injuries and first aid units as well as A&E departments in Oxfordshire are listed together with information about some nearby main hospitals outside the county. These are displayed on digital maps showing the exact location of the service and contact details – opening times of individual services can be accessed via provider websites or through NHS Choices.

Health and Care Oxfordshire also provides advice on when it would be appropriate to visit a pharmacist, the GP, or to call 111, the NHS non-emergency helpline.

It also highlights when self-management would be most option, and what injuries or illnesses would be best treated in one of the many minor injuries or first aid units in Oxfordshire.

The app also signposts people to social care optional available locally to them from Oxfordshire County Council.

For more information about the app, please see the Oxfordshire Clinical Commisioning Group website. To download the app, click here, or search for ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ on your app store.