App review: Live Wait Times

Live Wait Times

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People in North Wales who need treatment for an injury can now obtain up-to-the minute information on waiting times at the region’s minor injuries units (MIUs) and emergency departments (EDs).

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has teamed up with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to develop a smartphone app that shows how many people are waiting at different hospitals, as well as waiting times for patients needing non-urgent treatment.

The app helps users choose the most appropriate NHS ED or walk-in centre for their needs. The app also gives opening times, contact details, directions to different units, and outlines of the care they provide.

Making this information easily available to the public is intended to help people choose the best place to receive help when they have an injury. Even if the journey is longer, more rapid care is often available at MIUs rather than EDs.

It should be noted, however, that the app only covers north Staffordshire and Betsi Cadwaladr in Wales.

Reviewed by Layla Haidrani

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Also available on Android.

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