Like its predecessor, mPassport Paris, the mPassport London application is very useful. The app by HTH Worldwide provides a number of medical resources, from a physician locater to a drug equivalency guide for any American living in or traveling to London.
Under the doctors tab, you can select the type of physician you need by specialty. Given the size of London, some of the specialties have very limited lists (for instance, I am sure there are more than seven doctors in London specializing in pediatrics). That being said, the app creators have screened the doctors for those willing to accommodate patients on short notice and charge reasonable fees, so at least you know the person you’re contacting will likely be able to see you soon, or refer you to someone who can.
Using the app’s GPS locator will help you find the doctor nearest to you, or if you happen to be at a particular tube station or landmark, the app can locate the doctors nearest to those as well. You can also browse all doctors within a specific neighborhood. Selecting a particular doctor will bring up contact information, as well as their credentials and education. You can also use a form to request a future appointment and view a map of the route to the doctor’s office.
One thing travelers to London will want to keep in mind is that every country has their own emergency calling system. Having the necessary numbers handy is a good idea, because in the chaos of a sudden illness or accident you may not have the presence of mind to track them down. mPassport has both London and European Union emergency contact information stored and easily accessible on the main screen. Just underneath, you can find a list of hospitals with 24/7 emergency services and their distance from you (as long as the GPS function is set to your current location).
When I was living in London, one of the most frustrating things was coming to realize that I don’t speak English, I speak American. This goes for medication too. Going in search of Tylenol will take you on a goose chase unless you know you actually need to ask for Panadol. Luckily, this app also has a medication equivalency translator. Just search the comprehensive list of drugs for the American name, and you will be able to see how it is sold by name brand and generic in the United Kingdom.
A pharmacy search is also available, replete with contact information and available hours. Do learn from my mistake and ask for the chemist when you get there, though, not the pharmacist.
I would definitely recommend this app for anyone traveling abroad. The information it contains can not only serve as a convenience, but could save precious minutes in an emergency.
mPassport London is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later.