Digital health services boost for Ayrshire students

Students are being encouraged to go digital to help them look after their health

Tuesday 21st May 2019

NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Ayrshire College and NHS 24 are collaborating to encourage students to go digital to help them look after their health.

Three computer tablets have been provided by NHS Ayrshire & Arran for students across Ayrshire College campuses to use as and when they need information on health services.

Students will be able to get information about local services such as Eyecare Ayrshire; minor ailments; community pharmacy; sexual health and contraception clinics; and the Pharmacy First scheme, which is available in community pharmacies in Ayrshire.

The new technology will also provide information from NHS 24. This online site has a range of resources such as self-help guides on illness and the new mental health guides; information on specific conditions; the nearest pharmacy; mental wellbeing service breathing space; and Scotland's service directory.

Eddie Fraser, director of East Ayrshire health and social care partnership, commented:

“We hope this initiative will offer easy access to self-help health guides. It will also provide people with a greater understanding of the services that are available locally to them in Ayrshire.

“By offering self-care advice where and when they need it, students will have the tools to help them stay well and carry on with their studies.”

In 2018-19, patients aged between 16 and 30 accounted for almost a quarter of the overall out-of-hours interventions with a GP or advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) in the Ayrshire urgent care service. 

Louise Bennie, head of digital at NHS 24, added: “This collaboration is a great opportunity to raise awareness of health and care services and resources available in local communities. 

“NHS 24’s range of national digital services provide health information and advice, including self-help guides, and signposting to local services. These are all designed to help people to access the right service at the right time for them.  We look forward to seeing the impact locally in terms of usage and experience.”


Pictured: L to R - Charlene Mclaughlin, programme improvement officer, NHS Ayrshire & Arran; Sarah Barbour, project manager, NHS Ayrshire & Arran; Julie Maxwell - director of learning and skills, care and early years education, Ayrshire College; Claire McCamon – project implementation manager, NHS Ayrshire & Arran; James Sheary – engagement officer, NHS24; Gail Lumsden, engagement coordinator, NHS24; Pam Milliken, head of primary care, East Ayrshire health and social care partnership; Doreen Wales, acting director of student services ayrshire college.