In Cheshire, the number of children aged 0-4 being taken to A&E in the area was significantly above the national average. Many of these children only required basic advice and information for their parents to self care for them at home. In response, the local council and CCGs in Cheshire developed the CATCH (Common Approach to Children’s Health) app to help parents and carers to self care for their children.
The app provides health advice, information about local healthcare services and support groups. In a survey of Cheshire East, 47% of app users said they had chosen self care instead of attending A&E since downloading the app and 35% said it made them feel more confident in self-caring for their child.
Meanwhile, during the winter of 2016/17 the number of children discharged from A&E with advice for parents to self care at home reduced by 22% compared to the previous year.
Watch a short video about the Catch app