Mobile app helps users locate health services

The B.C. Liberal government has unveiled a mobile application, which allows people to locate a range of health services in British Columbia

The B.C. Liberal government has unveiled a mobile application, which allows people to locate a range of health services in British Columbia by using an iPhone, iPad or iPod.

The free BC Health Service Locator app lets people find nearby walk-in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, immunization clinics and after-hours pharmacies. Mobile users can filter the results to view a particular type of health service, such as wheelchair-accessible locations.

The keyword search provides the opportunity to view results in different locations or find a particular type of health service. Details attached to the locations include the health-service description, hours of operation, contact information and address.

Users can view the latest health alerts posted on the HealthLinkBC site from within the app, and have instant access to call 8-1-1 for non-emergency health information and 7-1-1 for hearing-impaired assistance.

This app is designed for more immediate, non-emergency medical assistance and information. For immediate emergency help, always call 9-1-1.

The BC Health Service Locator app was created by HealthLinkBC and is available only through the iTunes App Store. The province is currently working on ways to make this app available to all mobile platforms.