• 3Feb

    App helps people in Wales find quickest care

    People in North Wales who need treatment for an injury can now get up to the minute information on waiting times at the regions Minor Injuries Units and Emergency Departments.

    Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has teamed up with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust who have developed a smartphone app that lets people find out how many people are waiting at different and hospitals and the current waiting times for patients needing non-urgent treatment.

    The app also gives opening times, contact details and directions to the different units, as well as outlining the types of care they provide.

    By making this information easily available to the public, the app aims to help people choose the best place to get help when they have suffered an injury.  Even if it involves a longer journey, in many cases more rapid care is available by going to a Minor Injuries Unit, rather than a major hospital Emergency Department which always has to prioritise the care of people with urgent and potentially life-threatening conditions.

    North Wales is the first area to join in with this development since it was initially set up for Staffordshire.

    You can read more on the Health in Wales website.