The app – which can be downloaded from Apple’s App store or Google Play – gives patients a digital hub for information about the service, as well as providing access to local and national self-management resources.

The rheumatology service supports patients with chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, and lupus, which can affect people at any age.

Principal Occupational Therapist, Janet Harkess, who helped developed the app, said: “I am really pleased that the app is now available as it will provide a real boost to patients using the rheumatology service. Dr Emma Webber, former Clinical Psychologist, first floated the idea of developing the app in 2018, where she recognised the potential in providing support to patients to manage their condition more independently. The app can be downloaded onto tablets or smart phones and brings lots of information, some of which was only available in paper format, into one digital hub.”

To download the app install the MyHealthBoost App from an app store and then type ‘NHS Fife Rheumatology Service’ into the search bar once downloaded.