Self Help Links

ORCHA App Library

You are one click away from hundreds of apps that can help you with your health and wellbeing.

All the apps in your Health App Library have been tested (assessed) by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA).

Start browsing your Health App Library now by clicking the link below and using the search bar at the top. Or click on a category such as sleep, women’s health, men’s health or mental health.

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Child Health Advice & Support



HANDi app has been developed by the paediatric team at Musgrove Park Hospital to provide expert support to parents/carers and medical professionals looking after children with the most common childhood illnesses.

As well as providing up-to-date NHS advice on common childhood conditions and how to treat them, the HANDi App has a quick and easy-to-use child symptom checker.

Download the HANDi App for Android phones at Google Play.

For iPhone or iPad you can download it from the app store or iTunes, using the search term ‘HANDi App’.

Physio Advice & Support


The BNSSG MSK app (powered by getUBetter) is provided free of charge by BNSSG CCG for patients registered at Frome Valley Medical Centre . It can be accessed on a Smartphone or on the Web and guides you day-by-day through a sequence of exercises and tips to help you recover from a range of new, recurrent, or long-term conditions:

  • Lower back pain
  • Back and leg pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Soft Tissue Lower Limb
  • Hip Pain

You will be referred to the App by one of our GPs or Physio, or you can self-register by clicking on this link.

Please use an email address that is unique to you and select the condition you need help to manage. You will then be sent an email with all the information you need to get started.

You can download the getUBetter App to your Smartphone for easiest access or use the website.

If you develop another condition register again with the same email address, select your new condition and it will be added to your account.

The app will also connect you to your local treatment, healthcare providers or support services if needed like Physiotherapy.

Gloucestershire Care and Support Guide

If you're looking for social care in Gloucestershire, this guid is a great introduction to what care services are on offer in your local area.

Care and Support Guide

NHS 111 online 

NHS 111 online ( is a digital triage service, available in England only. We use the same system ("algorithm") as the 111 phone service.

It is for people aged 5 and over.

What a triage service does

You answer a series of questions about your main symptom.

The more questions there are the less serious it's likely to be. You will not get a diagnosis, but you will find out what help you need.

Knowing who and where you are

You can answer the questions yourself or on behalf of someone else.

You do not need to tell us who you are, but if we refer you to another service we will need some personal details.

We ask for your location so we can find local services to help you.

Choosing the right symptom

111 online has about 120 topics, covering most common symptoms.

We can triage one symptom at a time. If you have multiple symptoms, pick the one that is bothering you most.

We cannot give advice about conditions you already know you have.

Finding out what to do next

Based on your answers, we tell you what to do next. 

There are different types of outcomes.

Getting a callback from a nurse

If your symptoms mean you need a callback from a nurse, you will be offered one and given a timeframe. You cannot request a callback.

111 online users or people who have called 111 go into the same callback queue and the waiting times are the same.

Referral to other urgent care services

You might be referred to urgent care services you can contact yourself or visit. These include: 

  • urgent treatment centres
  • evening and weekend GPs
  • specialist support for sexual or mental health
  • A&E departments

Contacting your GP surgery

During daytime weekday hours, you might be advised to contact your own GP. We cannot make an appointment with your GP for you.

If other services are available instead of your GP, we will show them to you.

Dentists and opticians 

If you need to go to a dentist, or an opticians, we'll tell you how to find one or you can contact your own. Some areas have emergency dentists we can show you. 


You might be referred to a pharmacist for help with a minor illness. Pharmacists can also give you an emergency supply of some prescribed medicines if you’ve run out.


If you're told it’s safe to look after yourself, we'll tell you how to do that at home.


Living Well with COPD

Living Well with COPD is a pilot programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It will support people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with self-management at home.

It offers access to a specialist app, myCOPD, to help manage COPD at home.

myCOPD includes guidance on inhaler technique with easy-to-follow inhaler videos, as well as expert support on how to manage COPD and much more at home.

Extra help for people who also have a heart condition is available on the app. myHeart has support to those living with any of the following conditions:

  • heart failure
  • angina
  • heart attack
  • post PCI
  • valve replacement
  • valve repair
  • coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
  • valvular heart disease.

myHeart has information to help you learn more about your condition and day to day management; a walking and rehabilitation program with an activity diary to keep track of progress; activities to help stress reduction and anxiety management. Itis there to support you to manage your condition.

The app’s developer, my mHealth is working with local voluntary sector groups and locality partnerships to support patients to use technology. Patients will be directed to local library services if they do not have suitable devices – for example smartphones.

The myCOPD app is currently only available in English. my mhealth is working with local voluntary sector groups to explore ways to support patients whose first language is not English to use the app.

my mhealth digital health advisers can also support you to get the most from the app. They may contact you to offer support, or you can contact them on

If you are offered myCOPD but do not want to take part, you can say no at any time for any reason, and you will not be contacted again.

If you would like access to myCOPD (as well as your myHeart app, if appropriate), please complete the following MMH Self-referral form.