Introducing the West Yorkshire Healthier Together website
The West Yorkshire Healthier Together website is a tool that gives consistent, accurate and trustworthy healthcare advice to parents, carers and young people.
From chicken pox, coughs, colds and croup to a high temperature and asthma the site provides helpful advice and information when parents and carers might need it the most. It continues to be developed with new topics frequently added.
The information on the site (available at wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk) has been reviewed by local paediatricians, GPs, Community Pharmacists, 0 to 19 years’ service and professionals across the region to ensure it aligns with current practices and procedures.
West Yorkshire Healthier Together also includes information and signposting for young people. The content for these pages has been written in collaboration with young people.
Clinical leads responsible for the ongoing development of the content on the website are Victoria Hemming, Consultant Paediatrician, Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust and Nicole Allshorn a Bradford GP.
Victoria Hemming, Consultant Paediatrician: “Clinical expertise from a wide range of local professionals has made development of the West Yorkshire Healthier Together website possible. It’s designed to be a helpful and practical tool for parents and carers available at their fingertips, when they need it most.”
Dr Nicole Allshorn, GP: “www.wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk is a valuable resource for local families. It provides advice on common childhood illnesses, including when and where to go for help, advice on keeping children safe and healthy and can help you to find out when a child can go to school or not if you are unsure.”
The website has received lots of positive feedback from local people about their experiences of using it when they need healthcare advice or reassurance.
Casey, Mum of a five-year-old from West Yorkshire “When my little girl was poorly over the weekend, I used www.wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk. I knew it was clinically approved, includes the most up to date information and is easy to understand. I found it to be useful and reassuring. It can be a very stressful and confusing time when our children are unwell, and I always recommend this website to friends and family.”
Dr Allshorn explains more about the website in this short video.
Website features include:
menus to find clear advice
easy-to-use traffic light guide, red, amber, and green found in the parents and carers section. This will help to identify when, where, and how you should seek help for your poorly baby or child
translation and read-aloud function
The NHS in West Yorkshire launched the website in June 2022 and within the first year has had 96,757 people visit the website.
The website was recently a runner-up and highly commended at the national HSJ Digital Awards 2023 in the ‘Improving out of hospital care through digital’ category. The event celebrated excellence in digitising, connecting, and transforming health and care.