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Doctors devise a way you can 'Waitless' at Accident and Emergency

We know that our local accident and emergency departments are under enormous pressure and the next few weeks are usually their busiest time of year.

So we are advised to avoid it unless absolutely necessary, especially when a local minor injuries unit might be a quicker option.

But how to decide where to go? Well, one NHS trust in Kent has launched a new smartphone app - using real time updates about travel and waiting times - so people can chose the place with the shortest wait.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Dr John Ribchester and patients at the Estuary View Medical Centre in Whitstable, Kent.

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New app to help find missing people

New computer software could track down missing people more quickly and efficiently. Details of people who've previously gone missing and where they were found, for example, are loaded onto an app which can be accessed on computers and mobile phones. Kent Search and Rescue then uses the data to try to locate the person if they disappear again. Tom Savvides talks to Stewart Baird from Kent Search and Rescue and computer specialist Stuart Kenny.


Bus boost for app users

Talking about the app, Judy Giles, Head of Marketing for First UK Bus, said: “As one of Britain’s biggest bus operators we are always looking at new ways to improve our customers’ journey experiences and encourage more people to use our service.

"We are proud to be officially launching this app nationally, which I believe is an exciting development for commuters in the UK.”

Marc Reddy, Regional Commercial and Business Growth Director, says, “Designed to be a personal timetable for your pocket, the app offers customers access to a wealth of information at their fingertips."

New app will help bus passengers

A bus company is launching a mobile phone app to help passengers plan their journeys.

First Bus says the free Bus App, which is now available to download from app stores, will make it even easier for customers in Hampshire while on the move.

Using Global Positioning System (GPS), it helps find local bus stops, bus route maps, service updates and real-time bus departure information.

The app, which has been trialled in Hampshire since October 2012, has already attracted more than 50,000 downloads.