New app for Southport
SOUTHPORT Hospital is 1 of the 1st
in the country to benefit from a new way finding app.
It has been developed by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in
partnership with Liverpool company Innove Solutions.
It will enable visitors and patients to get familiar with the layout of the
Hospital before they arrive.
The free app, which is available on Apple and Android, displays a series of
photographs with clear instructions on getting around. It can even function
without internet connection.
Rob Gillies, Trust executive medical director, said:- "Hospitals can
sometimes be daunting places to get around. This new app will help make visits
to the Hospital run more smoothly.
We are delighted to work with Innove on this pilot app which is very user
friendly. There are clear instructions on getting to all Departments at the
Hospital from whichever entrance people arrive at."
Innove photographers spent 3 days at the Hospital carefully plotting routes to
get to all wards and departments.
John Keogh, director, Innove Solutions said:- "This is the very 1st
Hospital app we've developed. It's been exciting to work with the Trust to make
getting around the Hospital easier.
We are delighted with the results and hope the public who visit Southport
Hospital find it really useful. Our work on this pilot app has informed how we
develop future apps in the NHS. We are working with three other NHS trusts to
develop similar way finding apps."
App features include: -
► Transport advice.
► Step by step directions to wards and facilities across the site.
► Key Hospital phone numbers, car parking information and cashpoint locations.
► Friends and family test.
The Trust hopes to expand the app to Ormskirk Hospital in the future and is
exploring other ways of engaging with patients and visitors digitally.