The doctor will see you now
At the end of the process, you can either view suggestions for self-care, arrange a call-back from a NHS Direct operator or be told to get yourself down to your nearest GP, A&E or funeral director toot sweet.
Take two aspirins and see me in the morning
Most of the advice I found was helpful but some of the self-treatment options are laughably self-evident. First in the list of treatments of sunburn is... "move out of the sun".
What the app doesn’t do is bring up the location and details of your nearest hospital, doctor or Sexual Health Clinic in Google Maps. The information can be accessed through links to the NHS website, but that’s a clumsy approach in this day and age.
I can't take him, he's not dead yet
If you are worried about a nasty rash, an inflamed ear or a dose of the trots or clap or pox or heebie-jeebies, I can see NHS Direct laying a few minds to rest. Of course, what it can’t do is diagnose hypochondria. Or stupidity. ®
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As a medical man myself, I can see this app becoming a royal pain in the ass for me. The problem with self diagnosis apps is that patients tend to treat multiple choice options like dishes in a restuarant:
"Let's see, have I got a headache....well, it feels a bit funny, so I'll say yes and my stomach feels queasy that had absolutely nothing to do with the raw 3 o'clock kebab last night, so that's another yes.....oooo, looks like I have bubonic plague, better go see the doctor..."
"No sir, you haven't got plague, you're just hungover."
"Worthless quack, this NHS DIrect app says I have plague."
"I see. Did the programmers do ten years of medical school?"
"No but it does have a very shiny interface."
A general comment about Android reviews
Can you put the link to the Android Market page for the app at the end of the reviews?
Many Android users (Unlike iPhone users (go on flame me)) remote-install apps via the website install button, this also helps if you are reading the article on your Android.
Medicine and IT support have so much in common:
I get friends come to me all the time with computer problems, and the discussion *always* goes thus:
Them: "I am but a poor, weak, worthless being who knows nothing about these computer thingies, will you take a look at this?"
Me: "Of course" <Fiddles> "Ah, OK, it's just such-and-such, I'll sort it now"
Them, suddenly gaining twenty years of IT experience and a hitherto unknown confidence in their capabilities: "Don't be bloody silly, you're wrong, how can you know that, my mate down the pub says it's *definitely* the Humpty Dumpy Virus, how can you be so stupid as to not agree with us?"
Me: "Piss off and never darken my doorstep again, you worthless idiot".
I'm rapidly running out of friends....