Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New NHS app launches to ease anxiety for Tayside children needing operations

Post Thumbnail

It’s natural for children and families to be anxious about going into hospital for an operation or medical procedure.

But, a new app created by Ward 30 staff at NHS Tayside Children’s Hospital in Ninewells is aiming to make the process easier and less stressful for children who need medical care.

The NHS Tayside – Patient App aims to inform and prepare children families for surgical visits to hospital.

It hopes to reduce anxiety and help children recover more quickly after a hospital visit and operation.

The home screen of the app.

The app provides ‘one stop’ information needed by children and families when visiting for an operation or an anaesthetic.

NHS Tayside app ‘helped my child’

A local parent who recently used the app with her child says: “My daughter found the app very reassuring.

“She was initially very anxious about coming in for surgery. But on looking at the app, she said it was good to hear and see other children talk about their experiences.

“She particularly liked finding out about the different people she would meet on the ward and what to expect on the day. The app was very child-friendly and easy to use.”

Families can also share feedback on their experience of using the app and about their hospital visit.

What does the app do?

The app provides all the information children need before going into hospital for their surgery, in a child-friendly way.

It provides information about Ward 30 and the team (including the specialist play team). It also highlights the specifics of different types of surgeries and details on anaesthetic.

NHS Tayside has launched new app to ease operation anxiety for children

The app can be used by parents and guardians to prepare for the operation.

Or it can be used to help explain to children what will be happening to them or their sibling.

It also provides advice on preparing for a visit to hospital and what to expect when children are discharged.

‘Having an operation is an anxious time’

Dr Grant Rodney, consultant children’s anaesthetist, says: “We are excited to launch our information app for children and families.

“We know having an anaesthetic and operation is an anxious and worrying time for children and their families.

“The app brings all our information and leaflets in one easily accessible place.

NHS Tayside has launched new app to ease operation anxiety for children

“There are pictures and links to videos which explain everything you need to know about having an anaesthetic.

“There is a feedback section and we especially want to hear about children and families’ experience of using the app, and coming into hospital, so we can continue to improve the services we provide.”

How to get the new app

Amy Buchanan, band six charge nurse, adds: “We are so proud of this app and feel it is a great way for patients and families to access information pre- and post-operatively.”

To Download the app search the App Store or Google Play for HEALTHZONEUK, then within the app, search for ‘NHS Tayside Patient App’.

Already a subscriber? Sign in