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    Spring into health

    Find out how to access local information and support to help you and your family stay well this spring.

    Covid-19 vaccination

    From 15 April 2024 the NHS will begin offering a seasonal spring Covid-19 top-up vaccination to people at highest risk from a Covid infection. This includes:

    • adults aged 75 years and over by 30 June 2024
    • residents in care homes for older adults by 30 June 2024
    • people aged 6 months and over who have a severely weakened immune system due to certain health conditions.
    Find out more about Covid-19 vaccination

    Think Pharmacy First

    Visit your local pharmacy for expert advice and treatment for a range of common health conditions.

    Your pharmacist can also now provide some prescription medicine without you needing to see a GP. The new Pharmacy First service offers treatment for seven common conditions:

    • sinusitis
    • sore throat
    • acute earache
    • infected insect bite
    • impetigo
    • shingles
    • uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
    Visit the NHS website for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to read more about pharmacies

    Video: Find out about how the Pharmacy First service can help you

    How you can treat common illnesses at home

    Self-care is recommended when you have a common condition which doesn’t normally need medical care (from a doctor or nurse) or any treatment in order to get better.

    Many common illnesses can be treated at home, such as minor coughs, colds or common childhood illnesses.

    Visit the NHS website for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for further information and advice about self-care.

    NHS self-care advice

    Be prepared to self-care and visit your local pharmacy to restock your medicine cabinet essentials to treat common illnesses.

    Video: Helpful things to have in your medicine cabinet

    Download the HANDi app for advice and support when your child is unwell

    The NHS HANDi app is designed by paediatric specialists and provides simple, straightforward advice for the following conditions in children:

    • diarrhoea and vomiting
    • high temperature
    • ‘chesty baby’ illnesses, such as bronchiolitis, asthma and croup
    • ‘chesty child’ illnesses, such as wheezing and asthma
    • common newborn problems
    • tummy pain
    • head injuries.

    Visit the NHS website for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to find out how to download the App.

    HANDi App

    Looking after your mental health

    If you need urgent help for mental health but it’s not an emergency, call 111 or your local NHS mental health helpline.

    If you need help with mental health but don’t know where to start, the NHS website for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire has information about mental health services, how they can help you and how to contact them.

    NHS information about mental health services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

    One of the best things we can do for our mental health and wellbeing is to be active. The change of season means longer days and warmer weather, giving plenty of opportunity to get active outside.

    Visit the NHS website for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire website for more information on exercise and keeping fit, including local support services and activies.

    Exercise and keeping fit

    Every Mind Matters

    If you are feeling stressed, anxious, low or can’t sleep, the NHS Every Mind Matters resources can help with expert advice, practical tips and personalised actions to help boost your mental wellbeing.

    Visit the NHS UK Every Mind Matters website for more information.

    Every Mind Matters - NHS UK


    ChatHealth is a free and confidential text messaging service for 11-19 year olds.

    The service connects students to healthcare professionals who can support with a range of issues from relationships to healthy eating and bullying. The service runs during the school holidays as well as term time.

    Find out more about ChatHealth and how to message the service on the Sirona care & health website.

    ChatHealth - Sirona care & health

    When you’re feeling unwell or need medical help

    When you feel unwell or need medical help, using the right service can help you get the right care in the quickest way.

    The local NHS website for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire has information about NHS services, how they can help and how to contact them.

    Which NHS Service Should I use?

    For urgent advice and help in accessing the right service, contact NHS 111 at any time or visit the NHS website to find services near you.

    999 and A&E should be used for serious, life-threatening conditions only.

    NHS 111 NHS UK