New app to help paramedics save Wiltshire lives

New app to help paramedics save Wiltshire lives

Published by Helen Down at 5:24am 12th July 2019.

It can locate patients within three square metres.

It is hoped a new mobile phone app will help paramedics save more lives across the county.

what3words can find patients precise location narrowing it down to three square metres.

What3Words App screenshot Salisbury Cathedral
The free app pinpoints 999 callers location within a three metres squared area - it suggests three words like these screenshotted from Salisbury Cathedral

The free app is only meant to be used by 999 callers in a real emergency.

It is particularly useful for critically ill patients who often struggle to communicate where they are.

David Fletcher, Head of SWASFT Clinical Hubs said:

"We cover an incredibly complex and varied area, including rural and urban regions, but sometimes there are no postcodes or clear directions to help us to pinpoint the location of patients in need of our care.

"While we will continue to use our existing mapping systems, we are now also using the new technology to locate incidents.

"This new mapping system will allow people to tell us easily and simply exactly where they are.

What3Words App screenshot Stonehenge
Screenshot from the Stonehenge location

"So no matter whether they are in the middle of Dartmoor, at a festival, or in the middle of a university campus, their location will have a unique three-word description which will help us to find them.

"If you download the app, it will mean we can find you more easily in an emergency when every second counts. It really could be the difference between life and death."

Chris Sheldrick, CEO and Founder of what3words, said:

"Just as you may have your In Case of Emergency contacts set up on your phone, we encourage everyone to download the app to make sure they are ready to quickly share accurate location information, should the worst happen.

"It's free, it's simple to use, and one day it might make sure you get the help you need, when you need it most."

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