Self Help Links
NHS 111 online
Please click on the image to the right to access NHS 111 online.
NHS 111 online (111.nhs.uk) 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.
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.
Mental Health Advice & Support
VitaMinds Mental Health Support
VitaMinds is the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service provided by Vita Health Group across Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire (BNSSG)
Please use this link to self-refer to Mental Health Support Services:
ORCHA App Library
Please click on the link below to access the Health and Wellbeing Foundation Pack.
The Health and Wellbeing Foundation Pack focuses on the following use cases, based on common needs
from across the ORCHA client base:
• Low level anxiety
• Diet – calorie counting
• Diet – making healthy choices
• Exercise – medium intensity
• Exercise – low intensity
• Smoking cessation
• Alcohol monitoring