Starting to feel unwell? Seek advice as soon as you start to feel unwell

This is particularly important if you have a long-term health condition. Your community pharmacy is a great first port of call for advice about looking after yourself at home.

As qualified healthcare professionals, Pharmacists can also offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. They can suggest tips on managing your symptoms and ways to reduce the risk of some illnesses getting worse.

If you have an illness that won’t go away, and is not responding to self-care or advice from your pharmacy, you are advised to contact your GP surgery through their website, the NHS App or by phone. Working together, many GP surgeries are now offering appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays.

The Gloucester Health Access Centre (GL1 2TZ) is also open, 7 days a week. The Centre provides a range of GP care. Ring in advance on 01452 336290 to get an appointment time convenient to you.

If you think you may need A&E or to get the right service 24/7, click or call 111. 111 can advise on illness and injury.The 111 phone service can book you into local NHS services e.g. GP surgery, Community Minor Injury and Illness Unit or A&E if needed.

The local ASAP website and App also offers information on self-care, local services and when to use them. Find out more using the links below.

Useful links and resources