Paramedic recommends parents download free app that gives medical advice on children's symptoms
Updated: Nov 24, 2018
A paramedic is urging parents and carers of children to download an app that gives expert medical advice about the most common childhood conditions.
Jon Hammond-Williams (pictured) works for the South Western Ambulance and has a role responding to frequent callers.
He says, "HANDiApp is a really useful tool that exactly matches the guidance we provide to our paramedics in the field. The app can help you understand what care is the right care for a child, and the main thing is, it's so easy to use.
"You just select exactly what you want for the scenario you're in, for example 'parents at home, with a child experiencing chestiness' – then it's literally yes and no answers until you get given the appropriate advice."
The app was originally developed at Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton, and has been adapted by local paediatricians at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. It was launched in B&NES and Wiltshire for the first time in March 2017 and in its first year was downloaded over 14,000 times.
Not only is the app designed to provide advice to parents, carers, teachers and anyone else working with children, but it is also used by GPs, health visitors and other healthcare workers. So the advice everyone receives is exactly the same.
Paramedic Jon believes one of the app's strengths is that it recommends how to look after poorly children wherever they are – e.g. at home or at school. He says: "Please consider downloading this tool – it's free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play."
You can download the app for free from iTunes: http://bit.ly/HANDiiTunes and
Google Play: http://bit.ly/HANDiGoogle .