WITH 32 million users across the nation the NHS app has become a vital digital front door for the nation’s medical needs – as shown by a Cudworth local who has been using it to manage his asthma medication.

Liam Watson, a 19-year-old clinical application support administrator at Barnsley Hospital, has been pushing for the app’s success since his recent diagnosis.

He said: “Without realising it, I had asthma as well as a chest infection.

“I was really having trouble breathing and couldn’t get to sleep – it was only through my mum’s Apple watch that we found out on one day that my heart rate had gone up to 170 beats per minute (a normal resting heart rate is 60 to 100).

“They rushed me into hospital where I needed emergency care including oxygen.”

Liam has to regularly use inhalers and uses the NHS app to order prescriptions and see upcoming appointments.

He added: “It’s easy to use and you can use it wherever you are.

“Everything is in one place and you can see appointments with your GP as well as the hospital and view your health record – you just get the app and sign in.”