Race goers arriving in Cheltenham this week are being encouraged to access the right health advice and support if needed during their stay in the county.

NHS leaders are promoting use of the local Advice ASAP Glos NHS App and the www.asapglos.nhs.uk website which provide step by step advice on managing common conditions and signpost to the right care if people are ill or injured.

By downloading the App or book marking the website ahead of time, users will be able to ‘search by condition’ or ‘search by service’ and the NHS is urging people to keep A&E Departments clear for life threatening emergencies.

The 111 phone service can also provide advice and book people into local NHS services if needed.

Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andy Seymour said:

“Like elsewhere in the country, local health services are still facing significant challenges due to continuing winter pressures and COVID-19.

We are kindly asking people to think really carefully about their use of local services whilst visiting the county and the local Advice ASAP Glos NHS App and website or the 111 phone service can advise and guide them in the right direction.”

Medical Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Prof. Mark Pietroni said:

“We want people to enjoy their stay in the county but be mindful that with the influx of large numbers of people into the county, this can inevitably have an impact on local health services at a very challenging time.

We are urging people to be prepared by downloading the App or by using the 111 service and carefully consider the range of healthcare options available, particularly for minor injury and illness. Please keep A&E clear for genuine emergencies.

We would also like to remind people that COVID-19 has not gone away and as well as posing a significant risk to vulnerable people it also continues to pose great challenges to local health services. Please continue to think ‘hands, space, face’ and do all you can to keep yourself and others safe.”

The Advice ASAP Glos NHS App and asapglos.nhs.uk website can signpost people to the right care for them, including local pharmacies and minor injury and illness units.

The NHS say they are grateful to the great majority of local people who are accessing services appropriately and responding to their Click or Call First campaign messages.