New app released to make students more streetwise about their health

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A new app 'ESC Student' was launched at the Student Health Association Conference in Leeds on Monday 27 June 2016 as part of a wider campaign to help improve student health and increase health literacy among young people.

Developed by experienced GP and author of 'Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies', Dr Knut Schroeder from Bristol (UK), together with a team of experts from the University of Bristol Students' Health Service, 30 students and health professionals from the wider NHS, the app allows students and young people to answer common questions about their health in seconds and without the need for an internet connection.

Why develop a health app for students?

The idea for this app came three years ago from talking with students, who told us that they frequently want to look up health information but often don't know which sources to trust.

To give students quick and easy access to reliable health information so they can make informed decision about their health and improve their well-being, creating a mobile app emerged as an ideal solution.

Dr Dominique Thompson, Director of the Students' Health Service at the University of Bristol, said:

"This app provides reliable, relevant health advice for young adults who want to look after themselves and use medical services wisely."

The app is certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a source of reliable health information.

How can this app support student health?

Students both in the UK and anywhere in the world can find reliable health information on over 120 important student health topics in plain language – anytime (24/7) and in total privacy - including:

  • Emergencies - learning the truth about life-threatening illnesses and how to give basic first aid
  • General ill health - tackling sleep problems, feeling stressed, and constant fatigue
  • Mental health - finding out what to do when feeling low or anxious, self-harming or worried about drinking too much alcohol
  • Common ailments - getting to the bottom of headaches, finding out how to treat spots, and managing common aches and pains
  • Navigating health services - what to do next and when to see a pharmacist, nurse or doctor
  • Useful links - getting fast access to hundreds of links to useful and reliable sources of further information (to access these links, internet access will be required)

Where can the app be downloaded?

ESC Student app logo The ESC Student app is available for download for £1.49 ($1.99) on the Apple App Store. An android version will become available in November 2016.


Who has developed this app?

The app has been developed by Expert Self Care Ltd, a social enterprise in Bristol (UK) on a mission to help young people become more streetwise about their health and to promote better self-care.

Contact and further information

For further information please contact Dr Knut Schroeder, Founder & Director of Expert Self Care:

Images and screenshots

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