A new app developed at NUI Galway now provides a directory of numbers for local hospitals, pharmacies, GPs, support and leisure services.
The free app was launched this week by Helplink, a new Irish social enterprise that provides accessible and affordable online counselling, as well as other health and support services nationwide.
The launch of the app marks the first consolidated listing of mental health, health, leisure, charity and support services in Ireland, both private and public.
Lochlann Scott, Managing Director of Helplink and psychological studies graduate from NUI Galway, explained the motivation behind the app.
“We at Helplink want to be at the forefront of e-health and tele-health, this App brings us one step closer to achieving this. On a number of occasions over the past few years, I have needed to access numbers or addresses for local hospitals, pharmacies, GPs etc but I was frustrated that I had to pay significant amounts of money through my phone to get them.
“I thought services like these should be easy to find and free. I am proud to say that we at Helplink in conjunction with NUI Galway and Enterprise Ireland have created just that; a directory that is comprehensive, easy to use and free.”
The technology was developed by researchers at the discipline of Information Technology in NUI Galway.
The directory can be downloaded for free by searching for ‘Helplink Directory App’ for free from the App store or Google Play store. Alternatively, users can use the mobile browser by clicking on the icon on the website or use the directory page from a home or office computer by logging on to www.helplink.ie/directory.