NHS encourage students to download iPhone app

Students are being encouraged to find their nearest NHS service using an iPhone application as the university term starts.

The NHS software gives users details about their nearest medical services.

Paul Johnstone, regional director for public health said local registration was essential to receive out-of-hours care.

The NHS Yorkshire and the Humber said the app was helpful to people who are unfamiliar with the area.

The application gives users the names and addresses of their nearest GP surgery, NHS Walk-in Centre, dentist, sexual health service, pharmacy or A&E Department as well as first aid and emergency advice.

Mr Johnston said: "It is extremely important that students are registered with a GP in the town or city they are living in during term time.

"GPs provide vital access to health care but many students fail to register with a surgery.

"It may be the case that they believe there's no need as they're registered with a GP in their home town, but if they need out of hours care for example, they will not be able to get this unless they are registered with a surgery locally."

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