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 Help at hand from the NHS to find the right treatment this winter

Finding the right treatment for you, at the right time and place just got that much easier. NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a new online and mobile app to help Southwark residents find the most appropriate treatment or health service provider - depending on what's wrong, where they're located and the time of day. The Health Help Now app can help residents find a late night pharmacy or weekend GP or nurse appointment nearby when feeling under the weather.

Health Help Now is available to all Southwark residents free of charge on your smart phone or online http://www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net/. The app will guide residents to the right treatment based on location, symptoms, age, and time of day. Not all illnesses require a visit to the hospital or A&E where there are often long waits and very ill people. The app provides the reassurance that there is reliable and accurate guidance available to you and your family just one click away. Health Help Now offers quick and convenient advice for frequent and common symptoms such as cough and colds, emergency contraceptives, or child medication. Health Help Now also provides an extra level of privacy and security with password protection for your confidential health information.

"The Health Help Now app is a really useful tool for local residents to find the best NHS service to meet their needs anywhere in south east London explains Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and Chair of NHS Southwark CCG.

"No matter where you are in Southwark, if you need health help and advice in a hurry, late at night or at the weekend, the app will quickly direct you to the most appropriate place nearby, so you can be confident that you're getting the right help." 

To find out more go to the website: http://www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net/ or search on your smart phone app store for 'health help now'.