Poo goes home to pooland

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A popular NHS app aimed at children with constipation is to be considered for a national award.

The app, ‘Poo goes home to Pooland’ which is available on both android and iOS devices was launched last summer and has been downloaded thousands of times.

Created by developers at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a provider of mental health and disability services in the North East, the app features a likeable cartoon character and is based on a leaflet used by health visitors, nursery nurses and parents to explain constipation and other toilet related conditions to children.

Karen O’Rourke, Manager at NTW’s Patient Information Centre said: “Since the popular app was launched last summer we’ve had lots of downloads, but we would really like people to leave reviews to help other parents. The app in itself is very unusual as there are very few NHS apps which are aimed specifically at children.”

Poo is a walking, talking character, aimed at children up to the age of seven which they can interact with. This helps to relieve the anxiety children can feel around toileting. Parents and those who work with children have reported it to be extremely helpful.

The app was developed in response to demand for the ‘Poo goes home to pooland’ leaflet which was one of the most downloaded documents from the Trust’s Patient Information Centre website.

The story was originally a colouring book developed by the author Tamsin Black and covers topics such as sharing unhappy feelings about how to recognise when you need a poo.

The story has now been brought into the digital age with an updated story and the character being fun and interactive.

Karen continues: “We would be extremely interested to hear about what everyone thinks of the story and would welcome feedback about the app by rating it from their devices.”

The app is free to download and can also be accessed from the Trust’s website at www.ntw.nhs.uk/poo