Liverpool’s Innove Solutions has created a wayfinding app to help patients and visitors negotiate their way around hospitals.

new app 3Developed in partnership with Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, the free App displays photographs of the hospital along with instructions on how to get to each department. It can function without an internet connection.

“Hospitals can sometimes be daunting places to get around. This new app will help make visits to the hospital run more smoothly,” said Rob Gillies, Trust executive medical director.

“We are delighted to work with Innove on this pilot app which is very user friendly.  There are clear instructions on getting to all departments at the hospital from whichever entrance people arrive at.”

The digital agency spent 3 days photographing the hospital and plotting routes to each ward and department.

“This is the very first hospital app we’ve developed. It’s been exciting to work with the Trust to make getting around the hospital easier,” added John Keogh, director, Innove Solutions.

“We are delighted with the results and hope the public who visit Southport hospital find it really useful.  Our work on this pilot app has informed how we develop future apps in the NHS. We are working with three other NHS trusts to develop similar way-finding apps.”

The app also features transport advice, key phone numbers and car parking information .