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Health Help Now - Web App

Dated: 23-Jan-14

Kent and Medway CCGs have developed an innovative new web-app for local people, which aims to help patients find the right treatment and advice for their needs.

Health Help Now enables the user to select their symptom or need, and then locate their closest service based on the recommendation made by local GPs, paramedics, psychiatrists, hospital doctors and other health professionals. Health Help Now also offers a wide range of advice for common symptoms in all age groups.

The web-app is time and location sensitive, which means that whatever time of day or night and wherever the user is, the user can see where their nearest service is and what the opening hours are. Users can find details of services such as their GP practice, nearest pharmacy, walk-in-centre, and minor injuries unit to name a few. The web-app also gives phone numbers to a range of helplines, such as DentaLine, the Dementia Helpline and HopeLineUK, for teenagers with suicidal thoughts.

The Health Help Now web-app can be found online at www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net and is free to everyone who lives, studies and works in Kent and Medway.

Kent Stop Smoking Service Campaign

No lectures, just support and advice for people who want to quit.

The Kent Stop Smoking Service is launching a new campaign at the end of January - encouraging people who are ready to quit smoking to get in touch.

Graham Thomas, Stop Smoking Team Manager for Kent Community Health NHS Trust said “a lot of people attempt to quit smoking on the first of January, but many fail at the first attempt because they’re not getting the right support. Research shows that you are four times more likely to succeed in quitting with help, which is where we come in. We can provide free advice and support at one of our popular Quit Clubs – available at many locations and at various times, as well as one-to-one advice and online support. The service is completely free and nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum are also available for a prescription charge, or free if the patient is exempt”.

“We know that people who want to quit don’t want a lecture - just straightforward, sensible support. That’s why our new campaign is aimed at people who are ready to quit smoking but just need a helping hand to reach their goal”.

Call 0800 849 4444 or text ‘QUIT’ to 87023 for more information on Quit Clubs in your area. You can also find details on our website, follow us on Twitter @KentQuit or find us on Facebook for more online support.

Useful Helpline Numbers

24 Hour Emotional Support 0800 107 0160
Advocacy Network 01322 285234
Alcoholics Anonymous 01622 751842
Asian Helpline 0808 8002073
Asian Women’s Advisory Service 0208 5335796
Citizens Advice Bureau 01322 224686
01474 361239
01322 664949
Cruise (Bereavement) 01474 360690
Darent Valley Hospital 01322 428100
Dartford And Gravesham Cmht 01322 622230
Endeavour House 01322 223335
Family Matters (Sexual Abuse) 01474 537392
Home Start 01474 325300
01322 225100
Iapt Self Referral 0800 2799500
Kent Council On Addiction 01474 567581
Mental Health Matters 0800 1070160
Mind 01322 291380
National Drugs Helpline 0800 776600
Oasis Counselling 01322 294430
Rape Crisis 0207 8371600
Relate 01634 846914
Rethink 01474 364837
01322 523165
Sabs (Victims Of Abuse) 0208 3170088
Samaritans 08457 909090
Shelter 0808 800444
The Well Conselling Centre 01322 279759
Turning Point 01322 278916
Victim Support 01322 668560/01474