Health Help Now aims to help people find the right service in the South East of England for their health needs, especially when they need medical help fast, but it is not a life-threatening emergency.
Forty per cent of visits to Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) do not result in any treatment. National statistics suggest that a large proportion of those visits to A&Es could have been dealt with better by a different NHS service – such as pharmacists, GPs, or minor injuries nurses.
Health Help Now has been developed with input from local GPs, hospital doctors, and other health professionals. It lists common symptoms and offers suggestions for treatment. The one which works best for most people is listed first and the other suggestions follow in order. Health Help Now then links through to local services, and shows whether they are open or closed and their location.
By using Health Help Now you are helping the NHS save A&E for those who really need it, and saving yourself time in accessing the right kind of care.